How to Upgrade from Etch to Lenny

How do I upgrade from Debian Etch to Lenny? The other day, one of our subscribers had asked us just that. Upgrading to a newer version of Debian is actually relatively simple and for the most part, can be done in very short time with just a few quick steps. So if you have Debian Linux installed on your PC and are eager to try out Lenny, go grab yourself a Soda and read on.

Please note that this tutorial assumes that your upgrading from a local hard drive installation of Debian Etch (This wont work on a compressed file-system)

Upgrading from Etch to Lenny:

  1. Open a terminal and type sudo su
  2. Now type cd /etc/apt/ && gedit sources.list
  3. Replace all occurrences of etch with lenny and save the file
  4. Back at the terminal type apt-get update
  5. Once the update has finished type apt-get dist-upgrade (and follow any onscreen instructions)

If all goes well, once finished you should be able to reboot into your new Debian Lenny kernel!

How to Upgrade from Etch to Lenny published under Using and Configuring Linux