How to Use Obsolete Versions of Ubuntu on Old Computers

Hello Linux Enthusiasts.

In this article I will show you what tweaks you need to do in order to use outdated versions of Ubuntu on old computers and laptops.

If you have an old computer with Ubuntu 9 or any other obsolete version of Ubuntu and you want to keep it, it is possible with a few tweaks.

By default, on outdated Ubuntu versions, you cannot update or install new applications.

But, the repositories for the obsolete versions of Ubuntu are kept on http://old-releases.ubuntu.com.

All you have to do is to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file and change ‘archive.ubuntu.com’ to ‘old-releases.ubuntu.com’.

If you do not want to do this by hand, you can use this sed oneliner:

$ sudo sed -i -e 's/archive.ubuntu.com/old-releases.ubuntu.com/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

Next update the system:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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