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Software source stops working when changing release name. I am on Linux Mint 10 Julia and when I change the 2 lines in the gksu gedit /etc/*release

DISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint
DISTRIB_CODENAME=julia

All the rest I can change no problem,what do I have to change in software sources for it to accept them and for the program to work..?

I am making a customized version of Commodore OS 32-bit,adding this and that before releasing it. site is here http://cbmosvision.webs.com/ if you want to look.

  • I'm unfamiliar with Mint.. what is "software source"? – drs Jun 26 '14 at 11:32
  • @drs Software Sources is an application that allows you to modify your repository list. – Braiam Aug 15 '14 at 11:58
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The files you've changed have are used by the lsb_release utility. See man lsb_release.

Mint uses it's own System-Settings plugin called mintsources to configure software sources.

If you look in /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/mintSources.py you'll see that it uses lsb_release to get the distro name.

If you change it to 'Commodore OS' then mintsources will be confused. While you could hack mintsources to always use 'LinuxMint' regardless of what lsb_release says, it will always be a 'hack' and may cause pain further down the line. (I believe Linux Mint did something similar with Ubuntu software-center a while ago to get around similar issues)

  • Software Sources are where you can tick or untick your repositories,Oh and I didn't suggest a way of upgrading..?? confused here..?? Right what happens I change the name of the OS from LinuxMint to Commodore OS and you go to System --> Administration --> Software Sources it don't come up nothing,i change it back and its working again.. picture of Software Sources linuxmint.com/pictures/screenshots/helena/… I am still learning how to use Linux so be gentle..;) – Spanner Jun 26 '14 at 12:22
  • Sorry - I miss-understood your question. I've edited my answer now, so hopefully it's more relevant. – garethTheRed Jun 26 '14 at 13:53

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