It’s Alive! Install Jupiter In Ubuntu 13.04

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Jupiter Ubuntu 13.04 Linux Mint 15

Overheating of laptops in Ubuntu is a very common problem. Before Ubuntu 13.04, Jupiter was the best tool to reduce overheating and increase battery performance in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. Couple of months before the release of Ubuntu 13.04, it was announced that Jupiter will not be developed anymore. and last Ubuntu version to get Jupiter support was Ubuntu 12.10. This came as a shock for many of Jupiter lovers and people tried lots of other alternates to Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04 but trust me, none matched the performance of Jupiter.

After three months of Ubuntu 13.04 release, I have the good news for you. Jupiter is back from dead, almost. Now you can install Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04 or Linux Mint 15.

Just a word of caution, it is not officially supported in Ubuntu 13.04 but it can be installed through a PPA developed by JoliCloud team.

How to install Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04:

To install Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04 and other Linux distributions based on Ubuntu 13.04 such as Linux Mint 15, use the following commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jolicloud-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jupiter

You just need to follow the instruction, nothing else. In case you want to uninstall Jupiter, you can remove the PPA.

How to use Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04:

Once you have installed Jupiter, go to Unity Dash and look for Jupiter. Click on it to start it.

Install and Use Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04

Once started, you can see Jupiter applet indicator in top panel. Jupiter provides you with a number of options such as disabling WifFi, touchpad, screen resolutions etc. But what you should be interested in is “performance”. Choose the Power Saving option from Performance.

Use Jupiter in Ubuntu 13,04 and Linux Mint 15

And that’s all you need to do. No need to do any more configuration. It will automatically start from next boot. The only error you might occasionally see would be Ubuntu 13.04 has experienced internal error. But that is perfectly harmless. What you say? Are you happy to get Jupiter back in Ubuntu 13.04? Do share your views. Ciao :)

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  • nagaraj

    Hi, the ppa does not seem to be up 404 not found!!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      very strange… I just installed it 2 days back. I’ll check when I get back home.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      checked… works for me. What error do you see?

  • Nagaraj


    I get these error messages on running update

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.


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  • Pozigalec

    I successfully installed Jupiter, but it doesn’t show in my panel, because I’m using cinnamon on Ubuntu 13.04. Any tips?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      A bit late to answer your question but I guess its not needed any more 😉

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  • Alejandro

    Awesome! It worked, thank you very much!!

    Since ubuntu 10.10 is about to be launched, do you know if Jupiter will still work there?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Alejandro.

  • Neolytian

    I just had an annoying experience with Jupiter. On my XPS 13 in Power Saving mode at 49°C the fan was always running at full speed. So bye bye Jupiter…

    • Abhishek Prakash

      This is unusual.. did removing Jupiter fixed the issue?

  • Mikhail Samoilov

    Not really 13.04 related question.. but – is there a way to prevent powering off of usb port? i can’t use external mouse when on battery, requires mouse click to activate port every time.. 12.04. Thanks in advance!

  • Dan Marinescu

    I can’t download it. It says that jupiter could not be found… any ideas?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Using Ubuntu 13.10? It might not be available. I am yet to verify it.

      • Dan Marinescu

        Oh… I see now. I am using Ubuntu 13.10…. Hope it will be available soon.

        • Gabriel

          Do you have any idea when it will be release for 13.10?

          • Dan Marinescu

            I don’t have any idea… Still hoping :)

  • Toby

    I’m Using Linux Mint 16 now .I have the same problem.I can’t Install Jupiter. I get the error message: 404 Not Found
    Thanks for the help

    • Abhishek Prakash

      This PPA is not available for Ubuntu 13.10 and so Linux Mint 16. Try TLP or CPUFREQ instead.

  • Milstein Munakami

    Hi there,

    Unable to install!
    It says,
    milson@milson-HP:~$ sudo apt-get install jupiter
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package jupiter


    • Abhishek Prakash

      Not available Ubuntu 13.10. Try TLP and CPUFREQ instead.

      • Milstein Munakami


  • Bill_in_the_UK

    Guys, I’m now running 14.04 Trusty with Jupiter. Installing this PPA adds Trusty on to the end of the PPA so go to to Software Sources, select the PPA, click Edit and change from Trusty/Saucy to Raring. Then the PPA works and Jupiter can be downloaded. I can confirm it works fine in 14.04 Trusty. Hope that helps :-)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for the info. But I think its time we let it go.

      • Arjun

        Jupiter was not only a power applet but was also a handy device manager – especially for external monitors. Are there any indicator replacements out there which can handle external monitors just like jupiter?

        • Abhishek Prakash

          External monitors… hmm nope…. not that I know of.

    • Carnivoros Anonimos

      Is it still working? I tried on 14.04 and couldn’t get Jupiter

  • Tarun Sahu

    thanks, got it installed
    it worked..(y)

  • Milen Tsolov

    I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and I really need this awesome program.
    E: Unable to locate package jupiter
    Help me!

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  • guy

    it won’t work at all it seems the ppa missing

    W:Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    , W:Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    , E:Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      The PPA is no more available in newer Ubuntu versions. Try using TLP instead.