Posts Tagged release

Upgrading older releases of Ubuntu when support ends

Posted by on Tuesday, 30 June, 2009

Many times I’ve seen a VPS running such old versions of Ubuntu that they can no longer use apt at all because its no longer a supported release. For the most part at this stage, i fully recommend doing a reinstall of the machine which is the much easier faster solution. If for whatever reason this is not accepetable (its a server at a datacenter miles away kinda thing and not a VPS) this is what you do.

$ sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list

and replace the repositories with:

deb $version main restricted
deb-src $version main restricted
deb $version-updates main restricted
deb-src $version-updates main restricted
deb $version universe multiverse
deb-src $version universe multiverse
deb $version-security main restricted
deb-src $version-security main restricted

Swapping out the $version for the actual version (ie edgy, intrepid etc) you currently have installed

Update your sources and install the upgrade tool with the following command.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

Now run the upgrade:

$ sudo do-release-upgrade

The tool will run for a minute, then it may  give you an error about your repositories saying they are invalid and would you like to update your repositories. Don’t answer yet. Open a new console and modify /etc/apt/sources.list

deb $newversion main restricted
deb-src $newversion main restricted
deb $newversion-updates main restricted
deb-src $newversion-updates main restricted
deb $newversion universe multiverse
deb-src $newversion universe multiverse
deb $newversion-security main restricted
deb-src $newversion-security main restricted

Then go back to the original prompt and choose y. The tool will then succeed. After your initial upgrade, simply running do-release-upgrade will suffice.

If you are going from one old-release to another expired release then you do not need to edit the sources.list in between.

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Update (RC2)

Posted by on Sunday, 28 June, 2009


The Debian Project                       
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 updated                   
June 27th, 2009        

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 updated

The Debian project is pleased to announce the second update of its stable
distribution Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (codename “lenny”).  This update mainly
adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with
a few adjustment to serious problems.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian
GNU/Linux 5.0 but only updates some of the packages included.  There is
no need to throw away 5.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-
date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date
packages to be updated.

Those who frequently install updates from won’t have
to update many packages and most updates from are
included in this update.

New CD and DVD images containing updated packages and the regular
installation media accompanied with the package archive respectively will
be available soon at the regular locations.

Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the
aptitude (or apt) package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to
one of Debian’s many FTP or HTTP mirrors.  A comprehensive list of
mirrors is available at:


Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Posted by on Friday, 24 April, 2009

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop and Server
editions and Ubuntu Netbook Remix, continuing Ubuntu’s tradition of
integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Read more about the features of Ubuntu 9.04 in the following press releases:

Desktop edition
Server edition
Netbook Remix

Ubuntu 9.04 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers.
Users requiring a longer support lifetime may choose to continue using
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS rather than upgrading to or installing 9.04.

Ubuntu 9.04 is also the basis for new 9.04 releases of Kubuntu, Xubuntu,
Edubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu:

Ubuntu Studio

To Get Ubuntu 9.04

To download Ubuntu 9.04, or obtain CDs, visit:

Users of Ubuntu 8.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 9.04 via
Update Manager.  For further information about upgrading, see:

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats and workarounds for known issues.  They are available at:

Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but
aren’t sure, try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel, on the Ubuntu Users
mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

#ubuntu on

Helping Shape Ubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways
you can participate at:

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops,
netbooks and servers, with a fast and easy install and regular releases.  A
tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an
incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional services, including support, are available from Canonical
Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world.  For more
information about support, visit:

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