Old Releases like Ubuntu 9.10 can’t update , if you are still using it now.

If you are still using UBUNTU 9.10 [Karmic Koala], in which update is not supported anymore, & It will refuse to Update / install any new app using apt-get, BUT you can still use it by adding following repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list

Remove all older lines and add the following lines in

/etc/apt/sources.list using nano or gedit whatever you like.

deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic main  restricted
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic main  restricted
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates main restricted
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates main  restricted
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic universe
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic universe
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates universe
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates universe
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic multiverse
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates multiverse
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates multiverse
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security multiverse

After changing the sources list, first update apt.
apt-get update

then try installing any package , for example.
atp-get install openssh-server

It should work fine.

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