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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 stables and in-development versions of Ubuntu, where I can find this information? This question is mean to be a canonical ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Where to find the md5sums 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 14.04.1 to upgrade? Is it just a matter of bug fixes and waiting for improved stability for ...
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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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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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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 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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Reasons why to use and not to use an Alpha, Beta or RC release?

Seeing as there are many questions regarding Alpha, Beta or Release Candidates for Ubuntu I wanted to know what are the several reasons for a new user (or even an old user) NOT to use this stages from ...
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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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On what specific time are ubuntu versions made public? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: At which time will the upcoming Ubuntu release be made available? On what specific time are Ubuntu versions normally released? 10.10 was released at 10:10.10 but ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 return from a new release to an older-release? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to roll back Ubuntu to a previous version? I really don't like 11.04. Is there any way to revert back to 10.10?
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Why did Canonical reduce Ubuntu's (non-LTS) support time to 9 months?

Is reducing support time the first step to having a rolling distribution? Is there any other purpose?
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“nvidia-304-updates” vs “nvidia-304” (and similar)?

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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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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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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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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For how long 12.04 LTS will be supported ? 5 or 3 years? [duplicate]

Hey everyone today my friend call me and he told me that 12.04LTS it will be support for 3 years is that correct ? because i think it will be supported for 5 years, i am not sure but i heard from ...
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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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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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Why is there a Ubuntu+1 immediately after a stable release?

Less than a month ago (in October 2013), there was a stable release (Saucy) and now there is one in active development immediately, why is that? Shouldn't development focus on the stable release or ...
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Where can I find the latest nightly build of the development version?

I want to test out a kernel issue and see if it's corrected in the latest Natty release. The last alpha was a little bit ago and I thought there were nightly ISOs I could try instead, but I can't seem ...
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How do you use or what is wrong with ubuntu-support-status? [closed]

I read this: "The ubuntu-support-status command will print the exact status of your system. " but when i try i get this: $ ubuntu-support-status Traceback (most recent call last): File ...
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Will the 12.04.1 ISO appear on the Ubuntu website?

Following the release schedule for 12.04 here, I see that today, the 12.04.1 maintenance release will come out. Since it includes all updates found for 12.04 up until today and saves me a lot of ...