May 15, 2014

Where To Get Old Repositories For Older Versions of Ubuntu

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 with
  • Save the file, then update your repository cache
    sudo apt-get update
  • Done
On my system I believe I had to change and Double check your sources.list file.

After that I was able to upgrade all software to the latest possible version, as well as install certain programs!
[Via SU]
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