old ubuntu, need to update browser so I can watch u tube how to

Asked by Walter Lee Abernathy

Have Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on system (got it from Linux for dummies). I can not watch u tube vidios. or see drawing. from the patent office. Tryed to download Crome. Could not load it got the download. Have downed loaded ununtu 16.04.2 32 bit and 64 bit. Tryed to burn to disk.File is too big. Put on flash drive, Will not boot , Tried to make a Flash drive a start up drive, no go. Have 4 gig ram Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E1400 @2.00GHz
 Just want something that will alow me to use email, watch u tube vidio, and have open office. Looking at patent office files would be nice and other web sites ( no problen loading porn, used it to test graphics)

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Jordi Miralles (jmiralles) said :


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS has been out of support since April 2015, and you should really move on to a new version. What you are experiencing is one of the multiple issues you will find because of this.

On the other hand, if you have a working copy of Ubuntu you don't need to create a new installation disk to upgrade if this is a problem. Open a terminal and type:

sudo do-release-upgrade

And the system will update to the latest version of Ubuntu available.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

I suggest you wipe the install off and do a clean install of Xenial. Xenial is LTS and supported til April 2021. You can restore your user data from your backups.

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Walter Lee Abernathy (aber5254) said :

Tried what Jordi said, this is what I got
Err http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Sources
  404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Fetched 0B in 0s (0B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Building data structures... Done

Getting upgrade prerequisites failed

The system was unable to get the prerequisites for the upgrade. The
upgrade will abort now and restore the original system state.

Additionally, a bug reporting process is being started.

Restoring original system state

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Building data structures... Done
=== Command terminated with exit status 1 (Wed May 10 14:42:56 2017) ===

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Yes, there are no packages for Lucid.

It's like looking for Windows updates for Windows 98

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

The Ubuntu release on your system (10.04) is so old, that even the LTS version after it (12.04) is already not supported any more.

Even if there exist some workarounds to upgrade from an outdated release to a newer (also outdated) one, in my opinion this does not make sense at all.

My suggestion is that you create backup copies of your private files to an external medium, and then install Ubuntu 16.04 to your system, overwriting the outdated installation. Finally you can restore the files that you want to keep from the backup.

Further comments:
The installation kit for Ubuntu 16.04 is too big to fit on a CD, it needs a DVD.
On https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop you find information how to create a bootable USB stick with the installer (if your hardware is capable of booting from USB devices).

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Jordi Miralles (jmiralles) said :

In case you are going to do a fresh install and find out that booting from USB is not an option (it's possible if your hardware is old) and the regular ISO does not fit a CD and you can't burt a DVD you can always use a minimal install ISO, which is only around 50 Mb:


Keep in mind that if you go this route the installation process might take a long time, so be patient.

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