Ubuntu 10.04 Lives! Go Back To The Future With Lucid Lynx


Does Oneiric have you down?  Is your hardware not up to snuff?  Well, what are you going to do about it?  Ubuntu 10.04 is almost 2 years old now, but you can teach it the electric slide even if all it know how to do is the funky chicken.  Here is a short and simple guide for bringing Ubuntu 10.04 into 2012.

Fast-forward to 2011 with Backports

First things first.  Enable backports.

Go to ‘System==>Administration==>Software Sources’, click on the ‘Updates’ tab and click ‘Unsupported Updates (Lucid Backports)’.

Hit close and wait while apt refreshes itself.

Now, open up a terminal and…
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Once this finishes, you will likely need to restart your machine.  So, go and do it!  The rest of this guide is a walk in the park.

Firefox; One giant leap forward

Now that your machine is alive again, we need to get an updated browser.  Even with backports enabled, the latest version of Firefox available is version 3.6.  We are going to update it to the most current point release of Firefox 9.  Here we go.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Google Chrome

Maybe Firefox is not your bag? You could install Chromium from Ubuntu repositories, but considering that the version available in Ubuntu 11.10 is 2 releases behing, you might not be pleased with what’s available in Lucid. To install the completely up-to-date and branded version of Google Chrome, do:

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

Evolution does not evolve.  Get Thunderbird

What about e-mail? You’re not going to use that old version of Novell’s (formerly Ximian’s) Evolution are you? Oh… you are? Well, in case you change your mind, here is how to get the latest Thunderbird release.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable

sudo apt-get install thunderbird
Now, what to do about the Open Office installation? Open Office? Yeah, I only remotely remember it. The world of technology moves fast and the open-source world moves faster. I don’t think Oracle ever understood this and that’s why we are going to be install the latest version of Libre Office. Enjoy!

Replace Open Office with Libre Office

First, uninstall Open office

sudo apt-get purge "openoffice*.*"

That that that’s gone, let get everything in order to install LibreOffice.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome

If you don’t run that last command, you may not be very pleased with Libre Office’s presentation.


The GIMP. Even though we are all hopelessly awaiting the badly needed Gimp 2.8 release, we can still sate ourselves with the most update stable release of this great software.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

Banshee 2.0; Former King Of The Crop

There’s nothing wrong with Rythmbox, but the cover browser in the 2.0 release of Banshee is quite nice to look at, and if you’d like to look at it from your Lucid Lynx install, repeat after me.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install banshee banshee-c* banshee-e*


Sure, Lucid comes with a very capable Bittorrent client, but it’s nothing when compared to Deluge.  The latest version is feature packed and once you start using it, you won’t know what you did without it.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deluge

So, forget about everything else. Ubuntu 10.04 works, and has considerably less foot-print than the last 3 releases. If you’ve got older hardware that you are not yet ready to replace and you feel like Xubuntu or Lubuntu are just a comprimise then 10.04 is for YOU!


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
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  • Blues Tea Cha

    I use 10.04 on my desktop and intend to keep using it for the 15 more months until end-of-life. Thanks for the tips; I haven’t done all of these. Those are my main apps, too, and, like you, I find Lubuntu/Xubuntu + Compiz is the next-best thing. The one thing I am missing from Gnome is the Character Palette. Not available in Gnome3/Unity either AFAIK. 2013.04 or bust!

  • Test

    Some of us have been using it all along :)

  • Lapinoid

    Good article! thx

  • http://sarahhayes.is-a-geek.net/ SarahKH

    Actually, telling people the commands to install/replace Evolution with Thunderbird is a bit useless. Installing Thunderbird is easy. Now migrate someone from Evolution to Thunderbird with an apt-get command…

    • Sam Daniel

      I second this feeling. It’s all very well to choose new default applications for a new release, but if you don’t tell people how to migrate from the old app to the new one, you’re just creating more problems for them, not helping them. Although I did successfully migrate from Evolution to Thunderbird, it was neither automatic nor easy. Evolution won’t even run correctly on either of the Ubuntu 11.x releases, so installing Evolution myself wasn’t a viable option.

    • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

      Thanks for your input. I might write a script or something and package it up as a .deb.

      I’ll make a clean 10.04 virtual machine a familiarize myself with the process. Personally, I don’t use a desktop mail client…

  • dakira

    Deluge somehow doesn’t work for me. With the exact same settings as in µTorrent (through wine) I only get like 300kb/s while µTorrent saturates my connection with 1.5MB/s.

  • mintme

    …or one could load Linux MINT11 ;}

    (sorry-just a newbie that enjoys afore mentioned–using it more now than MSWiggles. Tried U-Orneric, and even MINT12… not fun:( …haven’t been around LINUX long enough to be familiar with U-Lucid–makes me want to go look—-thx).

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  • Lanman T

    i use every one of these apps with the exception of deluge, nice app which reminds me of utorrent, (Installed and will test it btw)

    But I too are a long term lucid 64bit user and use both lucid and oneiric and i use lucid 99.999% of the time, It would be nice if ubuntu would extend lucid until gnome2 is no longer maintained or an unlimited LTS for lucid. its the best OS period.

    I am leary on the Unity/gnome3 move once precise is released. and unfortunately debian will port over to gnome 3 with sid. not many options in the coming years

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  • http://twitter.com/dm319 Duncan Murray

    That’s a great guide – I’m going back to 10.04 after failure with 12.04 (fallback) (too slow!) and Linux Mint Mate 13 (was ok, but still not as fast or as stable as 10.04). Not sure what I’ll do next year though – maybe by that time linux mint mate 13 will be a bit faster and more stable.

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  • Jorge O Aguirre Tapia

    How to back to the future 2013 ? new kernel nad libc, great guide