Questions about the release procedures for a release, including policies, stable release updates, and distribution upgrades.

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How to install software or upgrade from an old unsupported release?

Recently I have installed an older version of Ubuntu on my old machine. When ever I am trying to install any software it is giving error sudo -i apt-get install vlc The error being flagged is under ...
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How do I upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu?

What are the different ways I can use to upgrade Ubuntu from one release to another?
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There's an issue with an Alpha/Beta Release of Ubuntu, what should I do?

I've been running Alpha releases of Ubuntu for some time now. I keep running into issues - how can I get these resolved? What should I do when I encounter these problems? And where can I find other ...
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How to roll back Ubuntu to a previous version?

I just installed a new version of Ubuntu and I want to roll it back to the previous version. How can I do that? Is that even possible?
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Why don't the Ubuntu repositories have the latest versions of software?

Why are packages in the official Ubuntu repositories older than the latest (upstream) versions from Debian Sid, PPAs, the authors, etc.?
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What's the difference between a Long Term Support Release and a Normal Release?

What are the differences between an Ubuntu Long Term Support release (LTS) and a normal release?
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Why is “No new release found” when upgrading from a LTS to the next?

I'm following the upgrade instructions on Ubuntu's website, but on launching the upgrade tool I get this response: Checking for a new ubuntu release No new release found Am I doing something wrong? ...
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No more updates for Google Chrome | apt-get update error

I am using Google Chrome 48.0 32-bit. Today when I launched Google Chrome, I got this message: This computer will soon stop receiving Google Chrome updates because this Linux system will no longer ...
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I installed an alpha or beta, am I up to date with the final release if I keep upgrading?

I installed an Ubuntu alpha or beta and have been keeping it up to date. So, Should I presume that my system has automatically updated to the next alpha or beta, and will be running the official ...
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How do I upgrade to the development release (aka. Ubuntu+1)?

How do I upgrade to the unreleased version of Ubuntu for testing?
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What are point releases in LTS versions?

There are so called "point releases" for LTS versions of Ubuntu. 10.04.3 for instance. What are those "point releases" releases?
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Update manager doesn't offer an upgrade to the new release

So I have Ubuntu installed on my pc, and I want to upgrade to the new Ubuntu which was just released. When I check for any new updates it doesn't show any upgrades to the new release. How can I fix ...
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Where I can find the status of the released versions of Ubuntu?

I want to know where I can find updated information about all the stable and in-development versions of Ubuntu, where I can find this information? This question is meant to be a canonical question....
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Where can I find the source code of Ubuntu?

I would like to know where to find the source code of Ubuntu 12.04. I'd like to see how far it is "open source".
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How can I find the version of Ubuntu that is installed?

I installed some version of Ubuntu on my VMware, but I don't know what version exactly it is. How can I find it out?
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Can I smoothly upgrade from one LTS to next LTS release?

Question is about Ubuntu release process. Are migrations from n to n+1 releases expected? Assuming we have server with installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Will it be smoothly upgradable to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ...
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Where can I download the latest release of Ubuntu?

A new version of Ubuntu has been released. I still can't find it on ubuntu.com. Where can it be downloaded from, or is it the only way to install it using update-manager to upgrade an existing ...
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At what time will the upcoming Ubuntu release be made available?

Every six months a new Ubuntu version will be released. Does anyone know at which time this will be?
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What is on the DVD Edition of Ubuntu?

Just curious, because Google isn't coming up with anything and Ubuntu.com is hardly descriptive; but what is the difference between Ubuntu CD .iso and the DVD .iso? What's on the DVD that isn't on the ...
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Where to find the checksums of Ubuntu ISO images?

I just downloaded the ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso, and am having a hard time burning it, so I'd like to check that the file is intact, but I cannot find the md5sum of the file. Is there a URL or ...
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Installing packages to end-of-lifed Ubuntu editions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install software or upgrade from old unsupported release? i currently have 8.10 on my machine which for some reasons i can not upgrade to latest version and i want ...
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How do I upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10? [duplicate]

I am ready to try Ubuntu 11.10, how do I upgrade to it from 11.04?
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Upgrading from the command line? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to upgrade from my current version of Ubuntu to the next stable from the Command line interface?
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Upgrading LTS to LTS (server) — why wait for the first point release?

Does anyone know the (specific) reasons that it is recommended that old LTS server users wait until the point release to upgrade? Is it just a matter of bug fixes and waiting for improved stability ...
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How will people upgrade from 12.10 to later releases after 13.04 is EOL?

Looking at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases 13.04 will reach EOL in January 2014, while 12.10 will reach EOL in April 2014, therefore if a 12.10 user hasn't upgraded to 13.04 and subsequently to 13....
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What's the meaning of version numbering of Ubuntu?

What's the meaning of the numbering for different versions? Do they signify something?
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Can I do a Silent or Unattended Release Upgrade?

How do I upgrade to a new Ubuntu version without having to react to prompts? I'm on 12.04 now and would like to install 12.10. When I start the update, it usually downloads stuff, then asks a ...
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How safe is it to use the “ubuntu+1”?

How safe is it to have a system like that - always on "ubuntu+1" (or Debian sid, for that matter)?
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Quantal backported kernel in 12.04.2? What's going on there?

I'm sure that I'm not the first and/or only one to notice that 12.04.2, released earlier this year, installs by default a backported 3.5 kernel from the Quantal (12.10) release. I'm surprised to see ...
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MD5 mismatch on my 12.04 ISO, what is going on?

I downloaded ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso from http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/ This page also has a link to file showing the respective MD5 hashes for each file The page shows ...
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Where can I get the latest Ubuntu Alpha or Beta?

I'd love to test the latest Ubuntu alpha/beta (otherwise known as "Ubuntu+1"), but I can't find it. Where can I find download for the pre-releases of Ubuntu?
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Is it possible to skip an LTS upgrade?

If you want to upgrade from 10.10 to 12.04, then you'll need to follow the upgrade path; 10.10 > 11.04 > 11.10 > 12.04. However, with LTS versions, you can upgrade directly, so that you can upgrade ...
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When will the next LTS version of Ubuntu be released? [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about the release schedule of Ubuntu. AFAIK, it releases a new version every 6 months right? How about the LTS version?
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Where can I find a repository for older unsupported releases? [duplicate]

I remember I saw a apt mirror somewhere containing older distributions but I cannot find it anymore. Does anybody know where to find it?
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How to select the architecture to download?

I'm a completely new user of Linux and since my computer is not a good machine I wanted to install 32 bit OS, I downloaded ubuntu desktop for 32 bit but when I check in system settings under details ...
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How to update from 10.04 to 10.10?

What is the simplest method to completely upgrade your existing 10.04 install to get the updates and packages from the 10.10 distribution? Disregarding the fact that you get the latest packages, I ...
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WIll EOL releases no longer be archived?

According to this How to install software or upgrade from old unsupported release? question, EOL releases are archived to http://old-releases.ubuntu.com. But currently, I cannot see Ubuntu 12.10 and ...
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How can I upgrade from 11.04 to 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Update manager doesn't offer an upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04 I am very exited about the releases and i do want to try to install it , but I can't see it , when I do ...
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Why was the virtualbox package removed from the 14.04 repository?

I'm having some problems trying to run my Windows XP virtual machine after upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 today. When I tried to start it a message dialog was displayed saying that the kernel drivers aren'...
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What will happen when the Code Names of the Ubuntu releases get to Z [closed]

The last release was Natty Narwhal (Letter N) for the 11.04. Then it was Oneiric Ocelot (Letter O) for the 11.10. This time, the newest one will be Precise Pangolin (Letter P) for the 12.04. At this ...
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“nvidia-304-updates” vs “nvidia-304” (and similar)? [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two modules? Whoever created them didn't seem to think of including a clear description.
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Why isnt there an Ubuntu release name starting with C (and A)

Its Breezy Badger then Dapper Drake. Where are Clumsy Chameleon and Awesome Antelope?
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How does the Ubuntu upgrade process work?

How does Ubuntu upgrade seamlessly to a newer distribution, while the operating system is still running? I'm upgrading from 10.10 to 11.04, and I've upgraded several times before, and it's as simple ...
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Unable to upgrade from 14.04 to 14.10 “Cannot Calculate Upgrades”

I just finished backing up my system and when I try to upgrade to Utopic Unicorn, I get the error "Cannot Calculate the upgrades." I ran the upgrade by sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, sudo do-release-...
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Will Ubuntu become rolling distro?

About a year ago I've read that Ubuntu is considering to become a rolling distro. Since then I couldn't found any fresher news about the topic. Anyone has official information about the transition?
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How to upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04? [duplicate]

I want to upgrade from ubuntu 10.10 to ubuntu 11.04.
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What is the recommended method for getting & installing updates for an Alpha or Beta release?

I am new and do not, of course, know a lot about installing and maintaining an Ubuntu release. One of the "tricks" I have learned to use is sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get upgrade to ...
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What are the differences between different releases of Ubuntu?

For example, what is the difference between Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04 LTS? What are some major/minor changes between the two versions?
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Are the alpha or beta releases more/less stable than the daily builds?

I have some related questions: In general, are the alpha or beta releases more/less stable than the daily builds? If the answer to 1 is yes, then if I install the alpha/beta and apt-get upgrade, ...
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Where can I submit release codename suggestions

I want to submit a ubuntu release codename... where can I do this at? I went to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DevelopmentCodeNames to try and submit an idea but there isn't any location there to do so...