How to Install Packages for End of Life Ubuntu Editions

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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/.

There's hope for you yet

There’s hope for you yet

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

That’s it.

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P.S.

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.

11 comments

  1. Hey, thanks a million! I run Ubuntu 10.10 on a machine that doesn’t like Ubuntu 11 or 12 whatsoever (older hardware). I’ve been trying to install Wine on it for the last two days. I had replaced all instances of the regular repositories with ‘old-releases.ubuntu.com’, but no dice. finally i found this and just wiped out the entire apt-sources file and replaced it with what you’ve got here, and then did an apt-get update.

    Wine is installing as we speak.

  2. Hi, i’ve changed my sources.list still getting the following error after sudo apt-get update

    Fetched 807B in 0s (1,633B/s)
    Reading package lists... Done
    W: GPG error: http://repository.spotify.com stable Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 082CCEDF94558F59
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 97D30C5333B8AFB6

    I installed once spotify yet removed it and i checked no orphaned packages remain.
    Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Have you tried just having *only* the sources list listed in the post? no spotify repo or anything else for that matter. anyway, I think you’ll still be able to install *old* apps since that’s only a GPG error.

      Just understand though, I’m no expert here :) Just sharing what I learned.

  3. The best reason to not upgrade it is because Ubuntu 10.10 is fast and the most stable version that they ever made. User friendly interface and well tweak gnome.

    1. I previously tried using repo from ubuntu 11 but that didn’t work out since you’d need to update some things for some of the apps to work. worse it did to me was give me “update errors” so I did what I said in this article and haven’t looked back since.

      anyway, give it a try. who knows that app you want may work for you.

  4. Thank You VERRYYY MUCH, i just finished installing 10.10 (i love this version) and without your help i was suppose to do everything manually

    million thanks

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