How do I upgrade an older Ubuntu Release, specifically 16.10?

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I am running into some problems upgrading from Ubuntu 16.10 (even just running small upgrades of php extensions) and all my reading indicates that I missed the window to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10. Is there anything Linode can do to help me manage this situation? I'm limited in my knowledge of Linux server management so does Linode have step by step guides for building a new server and migrating my data? I would not require a new Linode, right? (I could tackle this process within my existing account?) My question arose from trouble executing apt-get install or apt-get update commands in the terminal--my reading indicated that these were not working because 16.10 was no longer supported and I could not find a work around that solved my problem.

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16.10 is currently End of Life, which means that there won't be any new updates and the repositories have been relocated. If you aren't familiar with managing a Linux server, upgrading to a newer realease may be challenging. You might consider creating a new Linode with the latest Ubuntu version. As of now, the latest is 17.10 but I would highly suggest waiting for a few days until 18.04 LTS is released.

We have some great resources for setting up a new Linode with Ubuntu:

  1. Getting Started Guide
  2. Securing Your Server
  3. Install a LEMP Stack on Ubuntu

If you do decide to upgrade your Ubuntu version instead, here's a great solution posted on the Ubuntu site: Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety won't update

As for migrating over your data, the steps depend on what you are using your server for. You'll need to know how your site is configured. If you are using your Linode to host a web server, you'll want to backup any website files, databases, and configurations. Make a note of all firewall rules and services that you have installed and configured. If you can provide us with more details, perhaps the community can help you through the process!


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