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Updating from Ubuntu GNOME Shell Remix 11.10

by jan on 29.05.2012 at 17:27:29

This is a guide that may help you upgrading Ubuntu GNOME Shell Remix from version 11.10 to 12.04. Please note that it is easier and recommended to upgrade by doing a fresh install. This guide involves using the command line.

The Upgrade Guide

Open the software properties application by typing the following command in a terminal window and disable all PPAs except the GNOME Shell Remix PPA, as packages from PPAs may cause problems during the update.


After doing that, enter the following commands. This will change all the package sources from the 11.10 ones to the new ones from 12.04.

sudo sed -i 's/oneiric/precise/g' /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo sed -i 's/oneiric/precise/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*

Update the package information:

sudo apt-get update

Now you can start the upgrade:

gksu "update-manager --dist-upgrade"

The following procedure is very similar to the update procedure of a Ubuntu installation with Unity. Please note that you may have to open the command window in the upgrade dialog to complete the upgrade.

Ubuntu GNOME Shell Remix 12.04 Released

by jan on 27.04.2012 at 16:32:59

Ubuntu GNOME Shell Remix is now available in a new version based on Ubuntu 12.04. You can download and install it directly from the download page. Please note that upgrades from previous versions are currently not supported. I'm going to try to offer an upgrade possibility and report later on this blog.

Improvements in the new version include the updated GNOME applications that are now available in version 3.4. The display manager is now changed from GDM to LightDM, which makes using the guest session possible and fixes the previous problems with auto-login.

Thanks to the developers from Ubuntu and GNOME for making this software package possible!

The Next Release

by jan on 26.04.2012 at 15:02:36

As there are some people asking about the next version based on Ubuntu 12.04: Yes, there will be a new version released shortly after Ubuntu's final release. It won't be a LTS version, though, as it contains software from the universe repository that is not supported as long. But I can tell you, that it will definitely be better than the current release - for example many of the GNOME apps are updated to new versions and LightDM is now used as a display manager, so auto-login works perfectly… Stay tuned!

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