Getdeb is a web site where you can download the latest and greatest of packages, some of which are in an older form in the regular Ubuntu repository, some of which (like Ubuntu Tweak) have their own repository separately. I find it a very good place to look for new software that has not yet made it into the Ubuntu repository, or is proprietary (like Songbird) and will not be included. Think of it as a heap of goodies, all in one place!

On the home page, I find the Daily Top 10 (on the left hand side under the About link) to be a good place to start. As I am typing this, it contains links to Songbird and Second Life, just two examples of the great things to be found here.

Getdeb automatically recognises the version of Ubuntu you are using, and loads the software which has been built for your version. I find this exceptionally helpful when I am switching from one version to the next. I can tell immediately what is available for the new version. (The versions currently covered are Jaunty, Intrepid and the LTS version, Hardy. All these are covered for both 32 bit and 62 bit systems.)

The software is divided into categories to make searching easy. These are: Audio Tools, Games, Info Management, Productivity, Utilities, Development, Graphics & Design, Internet & Network, System Tools, and Video Tools.

Happy Mother’s Day – and I wish you a joyful software hunt.


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