It has been a fascinating week for elementary OS users. With the launch of elementary OS 5.1, we have noticed several exciting new features, and there is a good reason to upgrade.
In this article, we will present you with a guide for how to upgrade from elementary OS 5.0 Juno to the new elementary OS 5.1 Hera.
Previously there was no way to upgrade between different elementary OS releases. It was reported as a major bug that got the attention recently as per their official website. We also spoke about this issue here.
Finally, every elementary OS user’s dream has come true. You can perform an upgrade from Juno to Hera, as discussed in the official elementary blog.
Upgrading elementary OS 5.0 Juno to elementary OS 5.1 Hera
As usual, we shall discuss the GUI method and the command-lines methods of upgrading your elementary OS.
- If you are on older versions such as Freya or Loki, there is no way to upgrade to Hera. You must perform a clean install.
- If you are a current elementary OS 5.0 Juno user, you can use the following command in your terminal to improve the hardware support:
sudo apt install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-18.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04
After the command executes successfully, you can choose between one of the following two methods.
Method 1: GUI method
Step 1. First, we need to know the current OS version. On the top left of your desktop, open the Applications menu.
Step 2. Search for the system settings and open it.
Step 3. When the elementary OS system settings open, scroll down until you reach the Administration section and press the About button.
Step 4. Now you will be able to check your elementary OS version. As you can see in the below screenshot, our elementary version is the 5.0 Juno release.
Step 5. Next, we can start the upgrading process. Click on the “Check for Updates” button at the bottom of your window.
Step 6. You should see a ton of updates as we see on our test PC.
Step 7. Click on the “Update All” button.
Step 8. You will be required to enter the root password for authentication. Wait until the update process finishes successfully.
Step 9. When done, you can check your current elementary OS version from Applications –> System Settings –> About.
Method 2: Command-line Way
Let’s do the same upgrade process by command-lines via Linux Terminal.
Step 1. First things first, launch your terminal.
Step 2. Check your current OS version using the following command:
Step 2. Update your current repository:
sudo apt update
Step 3. Upgrade system packages.
sudo apt upgrade
Step 4. After the above command executes successfully, you can check OS version.
And voila, you have just upgraded your elementary OS to the new Hera release.