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I've been trying to upgrade from the Enceladus 1.4 version of QGIS to 1.8 on a Thinkpad T42 running on Mint 12. When I try to upgrade from within QGIS help menu I receive the following error message: "Unable to communicate with QGIS Version server Unknown network socket error"

From the official web site, if I use the command line to install QGIS using

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qgis
sudo apt-get install python-qgis
sudo apt-get install qgis-plugin-grass

I still get the 1.4 version.

Any thoughts? Thanks.

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seems like you can use ubuntugis repos: comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gis.qgis.user/17001 –  underdark Feb 16 '13 at 19:44
    
Thanks for your reply. I did check through synaptic as the link suggests but i still get the 1.4 version. –  user14524 Feb 17 '13 at 13:59
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