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GetDeb and PlayDeb Sites Are Up Again

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

Sites GetDeb.net, PlayDeb.net 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 screenshots.getdeb.net” outputs “208.113.160.150”.
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: +GetDeb.net +PlayDeb.net

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

Ubuntu Sources List Generator Now Handles Natty

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator now handles Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) as well as Hardy, Karmic, Lucid and Maverick. The way to use the sources.list generator is to select your country (Americans, please note – United States is in the U section (of course)). Then you select your version, for instance Natty. Then you check the Ubuntu repositories you require, and lastly, you select third party repositories.

There are a good many repositories already available for Natty. Among them are the Medibuntu, Ubuntu Tweak and Google repositories. Of course, more will be added.

Please note that for third party repositories, the result text lists how to store the gpg key for each repository.

Bisigi Themes for Maverick – Test PPA

The beautiful set of Bisigi themes now has a testing PPA from which you can install the themes you want, or the entire collection. All of the themes are beautiful. For example, here is the Ellana theme with wallpaper:

To install the testing PPA, you will need the following terminal command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi/dev && sudo apt-get update

Then, if you wish to install all 14 of the themes at once, all you need to do is type:

sudo apt-get install bisigi-themes

Tech Drive-in has included a list of individual themes and how to install them. There are so many beautiful themes, though, that I prefer to install them all.

One warning if you use the default Ubuntu placement of the close and other buttons (on the left side) – in the Bisigi themes, the buttons are put on the right side. This is the way they used to be in Ubuntu, so it doesn’t take too much getting used to.

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Testing the Latest Version of Ailurus

The upcoming version of Ailurus is ready for testing. It now includes Maverick Meerkat.

In order to enable the testing repository, just type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus/ailurus-experiment

sudo aptitude update

I have been using the latest version, since I am running Maverick (10.10). My only suggestion is that they should not enable repositories that do not yet exist. I had to uncheck some repositories after checking to include them. I imagine they will be up and running soon.

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Ubuntu Tweak Coming Soon with PPA Purge

The Ubuntu Tweak blog has just announced that the upcoming version of Ubuntu Tweak will have its own version of PPA Purge, inspired by the PPA Purge in Launchpad. It will be part of the Ubuntu Tweak Package Cleaner:

By using PPA Purge, you will be able to go back to the original packages easily if something happens with the PPA. (I have been somewhat leery about using PPAs myself, unless I know for certain that they won’t interfere with the packages I already have installed. This will fix my concern.)

TualatriX is calling for testers to help in testing the upcoming Ubuntu Tweak. The testing source is available for Ubuntu versions from Hardy through Maverick. It can be added easily, in the more recent versions of Ubuntu, simply by using the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-tweak-testing/ppa

I have not been able to find any bugs in the version for Maverick.

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Ubuntu Sources List Generator – Now Including Lucid

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is an excellent source of third-party repositories. It supplies a sources.list that you can use to update or replace your own /etc/apt/sources.list, or use through System > Administration > Software Sources.

The home page, before any selections have been made, looks like this.

You select your country and your distribution – even Lucid, which is on its second alpha! Then, along with the standard Ubuntu repositories, it gives a large number of choices of third-party repositories that you can select. I was very pleased to see that, in the case of Lucid, Medibuntu, Ailurus, and the Google repositories were available, among others.

Here is a sample sources.list generated by this site.

As you may know, I initially ran into a great deal of trouble trying to upgrade to Lucid Lynx. Karmic has a bug in it that would not allow me to do a standard Alt + F2, update-manager -d number. I finally got around this by typing sudo update-manager -d in the box after clicking on “run in terminal.” If you are having trouble with Karmic, Lucid may be more to your liking. Because it is an LTS (Long Term Support) release, a great deal of work is going into getting all the bugs out. (Not as many new things get into an LTS because of this.)

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Karmic Koala Has Been Launched

Karmic Koala – Ubuntu 9.10 – was formally released on October 29, on schedule. If you have been waiting until the final release, it is here!

Be forewarned – it is still too soon after the release date for the servers to behave normally. I found, for instance, that downloading the ISO file, burning it to disk, and installing from scratch was easier than attempting to do a simple update-manager. I switched to a local mirror after receiving major “unable to reach network” messages while using the US main mirror. Even with that, the servers seem to be unreachable. Launch week is a madhouse!

One thing that I found that is new with Karmic is the command add-apt-repository. For instance, if you want to include the beautiful Bisigi artwork that I wrote about some time ago, you would just need to issue these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi
sudo apt-get install zgegblog-themes

and you have wallpaper and themes galore to choose from. This works on properly formatted PPA repositories. (Unfortunately, when I tried it on the Ubuntu Tweak repository, it did not work. I hope this is something TualatriX can fix.)

The add-apt-repository command even adds the repository key so Ubuntu knows the files are authenticated. This takes away ninety percent of the pain of adding a PPA repository – you just need to know its name.

Karmic Koala Release Candidate

The Karmic Koala (9.10) release candidate is now available. It is mostly bug-fixed, and available for inspection before the final release on October 29, 2009.

As always, to upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes. Update manager will then come up and tell you: New distribution release 9.10 is available. You then need to click on upgrade and follow the instructions.

Downloads and ISOs for desktop systems are available at http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/9.10/. I found the download slow, because people are already starting to pound the servers getting ready for October 29 and the final release.

If you have not upgraded your Ubuntu system before – let’s say you joined us with 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope – I have a bit of advice for you:

1) Update to the release candidate while the servers are still responding – or be prepared to wait a week while hundreds of thousands of people are pounding every available Ubuntu mirror to get the final release. I do not mean to sound harsh. I have read that there are about 600,000 of us Ubuntu users. Some of them will be using the last LTS (long-term support) version, Hardy Heron – but that still leaves a sizable number of people who will be trying to upgrade all at the same time.

2) If you can, use a different mirror. To do this, go to System > Software Sources:

You will find an area that says Main Server – you want to click on that and choose Other.

Then you will have the option to test for the best server to switch to. Be forewarned – this is sometimes a bit flakey. One time, I was told that the best available server for me was in Poland. I live in Colorado (USA). (That only happened once!)

I must admit that I am doing all I can to avoid H-e-double toothpicks week. I learned with the transition from Gutsy Gibbon to Hardy Heron. If I can spare you my travails, I will be happy indeed.Technorati Tags: , , ,

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.

Jaunty has been added to Medibuntu.

As of January 24, Jaunty Jackalope has been included among the versions of Ubuntu covered by the Medibuntu archive. Medibuntu is dedicated to distributing software such as Real Player or certain codecs that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, including patent, or legal restrictions in some areas.

Included among other things in the Medibuntu repositories are Adobe Acroread, Real Player, Google Earth and Skype.

The easiest way to add the Medibuntu repository for your version of Ubuntu is to go to System > Administration > Software Sources, click on Third-Party Software, and then add the following:

deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free

replacing jaunty with your distribution name if you are, for instance, using intrepid or hardy.

Once you have included the new repository, make sure you go into System > Administration > Synaptic Manager and download the Medibuntu key. Then, you won’t get errors saying that the other things you download from Medibuntu can’t be authenticated.

Happy downloading!


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