I use Ubuntu 10.10. Have been for 4 years now. So, basically my installation has reached EOL (End of Life) and won’t receive any more updates/support as the longest supported editions (LTS editions) only span 4 years.
So, what happens when your edition reaches EOL?
First, you can no longer install new apps/packages using
apt-get install APPNAME
You also can’t update anything. This is because the repositories for the unsupported edition have been removed from the main servers.
The Good News
Repositories for unsupported editions aren’t removed off the face of the internet universe. They’re moved to http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/.
To use this new repository, we just need to change software sources in
/etc/apt/sources.list. For Ubuntu 10.10, the file should look like this:
## EOL upgrade sources.list # Required deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick main restricted universe multiverse deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates main restricted universe multiverse deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security main restricted universe multiverse # Optional #deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports main restricted universe multiverse #deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-proposed main restricted universe multiverse
Some of you might be asking why I haven’t bothered to upgrade my edition? At the time of this writing, latest version is at 12.10, codenamed Quantal Quetzal. So why not upgrade? Must be tons of new features. Plus it’s better security-wise.
The answer is simple really.
I have no time.
No time to troubleshoot why upgrade hung up. No time to change the default user interface from Unity back to Gnome. (Why would I change it you ask? Because I prefer it) No time to troubleshoot why my favorite app isn’t working after the upgrade. No time to…
I will keep using what I have until it stops working for me, or when a new app gets released that I really, really need but it only runs on the latest edition.