The other day I inherited my brother's old HP Pavilion zd7000a laptop. It only has 2GB of RAM and an Intel Pentium 4 processor. Pretty damned old, and not worth a whole lot anymore. I thought it would make the perfect first computer for my son, so I decided to put Xubuntu on it for him.
At first I tried to instal the latest version of Xubuntu, but because of the old hardware it just wasn't jiving. I decided to download Xubuntu 8.04 and install that instead. The problem is that since Ubuntu ends support for their older versions, the original repositories don't work anymore so you can't install anything from repositories.
There is a way around that though, and here is what it is:
- Edit /etc/apt/sources.list with your favorite text editor
sudo mousepad /etc/apt/sources.list
- Replace xxx.ubuntu.com with old-releases.ubuntu.com
- Save the file, then update your repository cache
sudo apt-get update
After that I was able to upgrade all software to the latest possible version, as well as install certain programs!