Convert Ubuntu into a "rolling release" that tracks the
devel series; for the toughest of Ubuntu users.
Simple shell script to make Ubuntu track the `devel` series.
Rolling Rhino is a simple tool to convert Ubuntu Desktop, and the official desktop flavours, that has been installed from a daily image into a "rolling release" by opting into and tracking the
Rolling Rhino is intended for Ubuntu developers and experienced Ubuntu users who want to install Ubuntu once and the track all development updates with automatic tracking of subsequent series.
If you use Rolling Rhino to opt-in to
devel series you're assuming support of your system, including taking care of PPA migrations, cleaning obsolete/orphaned packages and actively participating in any issue resolution for problems you may encounter via Launchpad using tools such as
Origins of Rolling Rhino
Ubuntu Podcast had feedback about making Ubuntu a rolling release, something we discussed during the main segment of S13E12 - Red Sky in the Morning and then covered again based on listener feedback during S13E14 - Ace of Spades. During episode S13E14 guest presenter Stuart Langridge proposed "Ubuntu Rolling Rhino" as the name for a rolling Ubuntu release along with some ideas as to how it could be implemented. Sergio Schvezov then followed up via Twitter reminding us that the
devel series exists in Ubuntu. This inspired me to create this
rolling-rhino tool to somewhat implement Stuart's idea by taking advantage of the
Where it all came together
See the video where I worked with the community to put together the initial implementation of
- Install Ubuntu Desktop, or one of the desktop flavours, from a daily image.
- Boot the new install and use
rolling-rhinoto convert it to a rolling release.
git clone https://github.com/wimpysworld/rolling-rhino.git cd rolling-rhino ./rolling-rhino
Which will output something like this:
Rolling Rhino 🦏 [+] INFO: lsb_release detected. [+] INFO: Ubuntu detected. [+] INFO: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS detected. [+] INFO: Detected ubuntu-desktop. [+] INFO: No PPAs detected, this is good." [+] INFO: All checks passed. Are you sure want to start tracking the devel series? [Y/N]
- Thanks to Stuart Langridge for naming the project and proposing the idea.
- Thanks to Sergio Schvezov for reminding me the
develseries exists in Ubuntu.
- Thanks to RickAndTired for answering the call for help and making the Rolling Rhino logo.
- Detect system is running an Ubuntu Development Branch.
- Detect desktop meta packages.
- Detect PPAs.
sources.listis not already tracking
- Create clean
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