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Sreach with google,you should find if the upgrade is possible.
Why don't you download and install a newer version?
Hm, yes you replace feisty with gutsy everywhere, I understand.
But is this the same as a "distribution upgrade" under the graphical
update manager? Also, why is the graphical update manager trying to load packages from the feisty repository?
Of course, I can reinstall but then much customization goes out the door, like crossover office, latex, etc...
Yes,it should work as a upgrade.Support for the Feisty ended on Sunday, October 19, 2008.Support for the Gutsy ends in April 2009,so you should consider installing a newer version.Package manager is trying to download what is supposed to download;packages for the Feisty,but the problem is that those packages are not in the repos anymore because the support ended in the October 2008 and the repos are closed.
I've never liked the upgrade anyway - and skipping "releases" can be a nightmare.
I run with /home on a separate partition, and have never had a problem doing full re-installs. Everything (I need) "just works". Even when I have had to go back to the prior release again - I have had to do this a few times as I tend to install the alpha/beta. As such I also install into a new partition, and re-use the /home - so I "flip-flop" the "system" partition as releases come along. To avoid situations like yours, I always ensure I re-install any back-level systems up to "current" just prior to the new release going GA.
Works for me.