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Want to upgrade Ubuntu but still on Gutsy Gibbon

Hi all,

I have various machines running Ubuntu & all but one have been successfully upgraded to the LTS 8.04 version.  I have one machine which has missed the upgrade window (for a good reason).  The Gutsy repositories have been taken down now (seems April 18th was the deletion day).  The upgrade now doesn't take place on this machine due to a missing ubuntu-desktop / kubuntu-desktop.

Is there a repository left over somewhere, that I can use to re-instate the missing package with an up-to-date one?  Alternatively, will an install-from-CD (8.04) retain the configuration?
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Fabio MarzoccaFreelancerCommented:
If you have separate /home partition, you can install Hardy over the old Gutsy installation, without formatting  /home. This will keep all your documents and configurations safe.
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BarthaxAuthor Commented:
fmarzocca: that is not an option, unfortunately. :(
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ai_ja_naiCommented:
The main problem is that in your sources.list the gutsy word can't match any folder on the remote server.
There are no repos left, of course, because people don't like to waste serve space.
I wonder what happens if you change gutsy to hardy (or intrepid) (WARNING: it may corrupt the system, so leave it as last chance)
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Fabio MarzoccaFreelancerCommented:
An option could be to move the /home in its separate partition:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/separatehome

This is a good idea also for the future. Then start the system with Hardy LiveCD and install it WITHOUT formatting the /home
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BarthaxAuthor Commented:
A thought has occurred to me: the reason given to upgrading to Hardy is that it can't detect the ubuntu-desktop / kubuntu-desktop... If I can force-install one of these (kubuntu-desktop in my case), I'd at least get past that & it might continue.  I've just checked & the Gutsy CDs are still available so I can set the CD as a source in that regard.
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BarthaxAuthor Commented:
I'll be away for the next three days... this isn't forgotten about. ;)  I've got a Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon CD burned & ready for when I get back. :D
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BarthaxAuthor Commented:
OK, so my Gutsy Gibbon CD broke (nice crack starting in the middle!)... I've just finished burning off a new one & I've also found this nice little EOLUpgrade guide too: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EOLUpgrades . ;)
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BarthaxAuthor Commented:
It has gone midnight & I'm on holiday... Finally got around to this. :D

Using the freshly burned CD in the drive... Ran the Software Sources & removed all the "Downloadable from the Internet" options on the Ubuntu Software tab.  On the Third Party Software tab, clicked "Add CD-ROM" & it found & added the CD-ROM.  Closed that & ran Synaptic - searched & installed ubuntu-desktop. ;)

Next... upgrade time (I might get to this tomorrow).
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BarthaxAuthor Commented:
Tried a standard update-manager upgrade this morning but this found a fault with the installation: a non-standard package had been used (but it doesn't reference which one!).  Luckily, I also have an Ubuntu 8.04 Alternative & the upgrade worked by mounting the disc & running the cdromupdate option there.  I am now typing from an upgraded system. :D
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