Ubuntu Sources List Generator

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is a new way of generating sources to add to your /etc/apt/sources.list file, or add to System > Administration > Software Sources. You select your country, your release (Hardy, Intrepid, Jaunty or Karmic) and the repositories you wish to include. If you are using this to replace your sources.list file instead of cutting and pasting, you will want to make sure you include all of the Ubuntu branches you want – main, restricted, universe, multiverse, security and recommended updates – and I recommend the backports repository. If you are running a stable version of Ubuntu you may not want to include the proposed – pre-release updates because these are for testing and may cause some breakage.

Here is the home page for the Ubuntu Sources List Generator.

Here is the list I received after I put in my own preferences, including Medibuntu and the regular Google Linux repository.

Ubuntu Tweak has also been updated. The Third Party Sources section has been made more usable. (I don’t have any screenshots because this section has not yet been made available for Karmic, Ubuntu 9.10, which I am testing.

The number of PPA sources – the latest and greatest for the individual software packages – is increasing. Ubuntu Tweak includes many of the popular PPA sources. Until now, there has been a problem – what happens if one source depends on another, or conflicts with another?

In Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.8, these problems are taken care of. For example, if you want to use the latest version of Midori (a light-weight browser), Ubuntu Tweak will notify you that it depends on the WebKitGtk source. If you choose, you will be able to enable both WebKitGtk and Midori.

Another warning dialog will show if you try to use a source that conflicts with one that has already been enabled. For example, Skype and Medibuntu repositories both supply the Skype application. You won’t be allowed to enable both of them.

Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.8 also includes several new PPA sources:

Liferea (an RSS reader);

Gnome Colors (A set of themes and icons);

Ibus 1.2 (input method);

vlc 1.0 (a great media player);

Christine (a new media player);

Empathy (instant messenger);

smplayer (another media player based on Mplayer); and

VirtualBox OSE (Open source edition).

I can hardly wait for Ubuntu Tweak to be updated to work with Karmic! The version for Jaunty works with Karmic but does not allow access to the Jaunty repositories, understandably.

The new Karmic Alpha, Alpha 4, is due out on August 13. Here is where you can still get Karmic Alpha 3, if you should decide you want the latest and greatest and are willing to risk breakage. I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the third alpha has been working. That said, it is not advised for production machines.

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