Today I checked for any software updates available for elementary OS Freya through the Software Updater which is provided by the system. Then it notified that my system is up to date but however elementary 16.04.1 lts is now available and it asked me to upgrade the system. To get the complete image file [ISO] I went to elementary OS official website, but in there it provides only the Freya release. Why is that and if I upgrade through the Software updaterwill my machine be upgraded to the Loki beta version or the lts version. I am little confused as lts version is still not provided in the official website.enter image description here

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Installing this "upgrade" will not update your system to Loki. It will set up elementary OS 0.3.x with the Ubuntu 16.04 base, which will probably not work properly. When Loki is released, you can upgrade by downloading the ISO from https://elementary.io/ and doing a fresh install.

From this answer about a similar 15.04 upgrade dialog:

No, do not upgrade to the 15.04 base. Freya is built upon 14.04 LTS and only that. elementary OS' repositories do not even contain packages for 15.04 (or 15.10, for that matter). You will end up with a broken installation.

This dialog definitely is confusing, and hopefully future versions of elementary OS will get rid of it.

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    This dialog has been removed in Loki.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 15:44
  • That's fantastic news - thanks for the update! Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 13:26
  • From the ISO will it do a fresh install (deleting encrypted home etc) or an upgrade is possible?
    – Wernight
    Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 22:33
  • The ISO will do a fresh install - upgrading to Loki isn't possible right now. Just to be clear, clicking "upgrade" in this dialog will not upgrade you to Loki. It will upgrade the elementary base in Freya and probably break stuff. Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 13:27

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