Update Ubuntu without burning a cd

ubuntusincdgu8With the departure of Xubuntu 8.04 I raised the version change updating me by Internet; the advantages, he thought, would be several:

  • would download less internet packages by having a team with Ubuntu already installed
  • I would not lose the installed programs (from the configurations I did not worry about being in my $ HOME directory)
  • it would be faster and more comfortable (just press the To update in the Update Manager)

The surprise was great when I discovered, horrified, that it would have to go down about 1 GB to be able to update myself in this way.

If to this I added that I have several computers (own and acquaintances I’ve been to “ubunctizing“) In which I had to do the same operation, I did NOT get the accounts.

Fortunately there is one solution much more reasonable: download the cdrom as if we were to install it from scratch and to create a local repository in Ubuntu.

To do this, we must do the following:

  1. Download Ubuntu from the web. This has a very important advantage and it is being able to take advantage of the fact that at launch everyone is downloading the same thing to use a client Bittorrent which guarantees us a large amount of quality fonts that will ostensibly improve our download.
  2. Mount the .iso file in some directory. If you don’t want to complicate your life with exoteric instructions, I recommend doing it graphically.
  3. Add it to the repositories. Follow the steps of the guide that we already published and how APT line (step 4) includes the following

    deb file: / tmp / kk hardy main restricted


    • / tmp / kk is the directory in which we have mounted the iso image
    • hardy It is the distribution that you are going to install (the previous ones were feisty and gutsy). If you are not sure of the value you should put, look at the CD ROM that you have mounted inside the directory dists.
  4. You can go to the Update Manager Y press about him button To update so that the upgrade system


Ready, we already have a method to update our system in a fast way, optimal in terms of consumption of network resources and that can be used with each operating system version change without even having to burn a cdrom for it.

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