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Ubuntu 12.04.4 Has Been Released

The Ubuntu team has announced the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its desktop, server, and other products, including other flavors of Ubuntu with long-term support.

As with 12.04.3, 12.04.4 contains an updated kernel and X stack for new installations on x86 architectures.

This point release includes many updates, and updated installation media have been provided so that fewer updates will be needed after installation.  These include security updates and corrections for other important bugs.   

In order to download Ubuntu 12.04.4, visit:

Users of Ubuntu 10.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04.4 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

The Ubuntu team suggests that all users read the 12.04.4 release notes.  These document warnings and workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:

GetDeb and PlayDeb Sites Are Up Again

On Sunday (February 3) Christoph Korn posted the following to the GetDeb blog:

Sites, and repository up again

Fortunately, we did have an up-to-date backup of the old server at the end. The last days I was busy to get everything set up. The sites are up again and you should be able to browse the packages (none should be lost) as well as to use the repository as usual. If you have problems be sure that “dig” outputs “”.
At the moment I am thinking of doing an online survey for Ubuntu 13.04. You can then vote which packages you like and do not want to miss on GetDeb/PlayDeb. This way unpopular packages can be left out of the repository for Ubuntu 13.04. Currently there are 130 source packages in GetDeb and 170 source packages in PlayDeb which is just too much.
For the most popular packages I am also planning to get them intergrated in the official Ubuntu repositories directly. Or even better to get them integrated in Debian and let Ubuntu just sync them.
So far, you should be able to use GetDeb and PlayDeb as usual. Let me think about the future…Also join the G+ sites:

I’d have a hard time being happier.  I don’t always use these repositories, but I definitely like having them around.  🙂

GetDeb and PlayDeb Have Been Discontinued

The following has been posted on Google + by the author of GetDeb and PlayDeb:


After the server crash where also the GetDeb and PlayDeb database was lost and given the fact that GetDeb and PlayDeb now have too many packages to be handled as a one-man-project I decided to discontinue GetDeb and PlayDeb.

In the last years I have spent so many hours in the project that now it is just too much for me to maintain beside my usual job.

But this does not mean that all the work in GetDeb and PlayDeb is lost. The repository is still completely mirrored, e.g.: (Google search: ‘quantal-getdeb-testing intitle:”Index of”‘ should give you a good list).
Also all the package script (i.e. the debian directory) for every package in the precise and quantal repository are available in my GitHub repositories:
* For special upstream watchers there is this repository:

The web interface of both GetDeb and PlayDeb is called apt-portal which is specialised for viewing the information in an apt repository:

And finally there are the scripts and little helpers of the automated build process:

The entire repository of Debian packages can be downloaded with this script:

It is currently 84GiB in size so please only download it if you really want all the packages. If you just want some simply use a mirror.

Let me also thank everybody of you for the trust you had in GetDeb and PlayDeb as an unofficial repository. I think GetDeb and PlayDeb were one of the greatest unofficial repositories for Ubuntu packages.
I think to spend some time to bring some of the packages in the official repository.

Thank you and bye!


I am very sorry to see this day. I have regularly gone to GetDeb and PlayDeb for the latest in games and software.  At least the repositories for Precise and Quantal are still mirrored.  This will be a loss to the Ubuntu community.

I pray that someone will fork GetDeb and PlayDeb so they can continue.

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Ubuntu 12.04.1 Released Today

Ubuntu Precise 12.04.1 has been released today, one day behind schedule. The Ubuntu LTS flavors have been released as well.

The new release has numerous updates integrated.  It provides updated installation media so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. Users of Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04.1 via Update Manager.

Ubuntu 12.04.1 can be downloaded at

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 1 Has Been Released

The first beta of Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) was released on March 1. As always, it is a work in progress, not quite ready for prime time.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 (Maverick) on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) in the command box.  Update Manager will then come up and tell you that the new version is available for download.  Then, you just need to follow the instructions.


Download the Beta 1

Beta 1 images can be downloaded from a location near you: (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

In addition they can be found at the following links: (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Images) (Ubuntu DVD, preinstalled ARM images, source) (Ubuntu Core) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Kubuntu) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Lubuntu)


New Features

Beta 1 includes the 3.2.0-17.27 Ubuntu kernel which is based on the v3.2.6 upstream stable kernel.

The default music player has been switched to Rhythmbox, which again includes the UbuntuOne music store.

LibreOffice has been updated to version 3.5.

The System Setting’s Appearance panel now allows users to easily configure some properties of Unity.

Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 is Now Available for Precise and Other Ubuntu Versions

Ubuntu Tweak version 0.6 is now available for Precise, although it is not in the standard PPA yet. There are two PPAs that are available: Ubuntu Tweak Testing Source and Tualatrix’s Next PPA.

Tualatrix’s Next PPA covers only Precise and Oneiric. It is the cutting edge, first testing PPA. Here are the commands to include it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

The Ubuntu Tweak Testing Source PPA (again for version 0.6) is available for Karmic, Lucid, Maverick, Natty, Oneiric and Precise. To include it, here are the commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-tweak-testing/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Since I wrote this post, Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 stable has been released (only for Oneiric at this time):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

(For Oneiric users) If you prefer to stay with the most stable version, you may wish to remove the testing PPA(s) so you only get the updates to the stable release.

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Change In Precise Release Schedule

After the December 1 release of the first Alpha of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Canonical decided to change the official release schedule and remove the Release Candidate version. It was supposed to be released on April 19, 2012 but is no longer present on the schedule.

Here is the current release schedule for Precise Pangolin (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS):

December 1, 2011 Alpha 1 release
February 2, 2012 Alpha 2 release
March 1, 2012 Beta 1 release
March 22, 2012 Beta 2 release
April 26, 2012 Final release

Since Precise is an LTS release, it will have at least 4 regular maintenance releases:

Ubuntu 12.04.1 August 16, 2012
Ubuntu 12.04.2 February 7, 2013
Ubuntu 12.04.3 mid-summer 2013
Ubuntu 12.04.4 January 24, 2014

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