Approximately 2 months ago Ubuntu 8.10, installed on my laptop, could not access its repositories. In few minutes I’ve found out that this problem is due to EOL (End-Of-Life) for Intrepid Ibex 8.10. It’s not the first time I’ve faced this problem and even Canonical give you clear information about their support plan for each version.
At the begining I’ve chosen to ignore this inconvenience and work as usual. But in next weeks I’ve needed to install some applications, and faced dangling problem of manully installing all necessary dependencies and trying to install some python app was a last straw.
Fortunately Google is very helpful. I easily found out a Ubuntu page which in details talks about upgrading your EOL system to recent version.
It’s clear that if don’t need to perform system upgrade, the whole process is even more straightforward. If you only need access to some old repositories the only step you need to apply is adding/editing few lines in /etc/apt/sources.list.
## EOL upgrade sources.list # Required deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ CODENAME main restricted universe multiverse deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ CODENAME-updates main restricted universe multiverse deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ CODENAME-security main restricted universe multiverse # Optional #deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ CODENAME-backports main restricted universe multivers
Now just execute apt-get update and you can use those repositories.
At this point I’ve decided not to upgrade my system for several reasons. As I only need those changes in /etc/apt/sources.list to smoothly use apt-get to add/remove new packages, usual adding libraries from app dependencies list. I also don’t want to risk upgrading my machine. Although partition backup tool are very handy, ie. Clonezilla, I really don’t have spare few GB of external storage for system backup.
For you, maybe it would easier orconvenient to finish upgrade process and work on current release. Also next time when you are installing ubuntu re-think getting LTS (Long-Term-Support) version.
Personally I think you should not stay on old repos. But sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation as mine, when quick change in sources.list in enough.
ps. Does somebody know for whole long those old-releases.ubuntu.com repositories would be accessible?