Posts Tagged 'Quantal'

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 12.10 Has Been Released

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) has been released and is ready for download.  There is now no longer the traditional CD, DVD or alternate image, but a single 800 MB Ubuntu image to be used from USB or DVD.  

The release notes for Quantal list many new features, including:

Update Manager has been streamlined and renamed Software Updater.  It now checks for updates when launched.  (The release portion of Update Manager is now in its own package – ubuntu-release-upgrader.)

The new WebApps feature enables users to run on-line applications such as Facebook Twitter and Gmail directly from the desktop.  This works much faster and reduces the proliferation of browser tabs and windows.

UEFI Secure Boot is now supported.  It is a standard for keeping malware from getting control of a computer during boot time.  This means that Ubuntu will still “just work” on new hardware.

From Ubuntu 12.04, of course, you can still press Alt + F2, type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes, and click on Upgrade.

Ubuntu 12.10 DVD Available for Pre-order

The Ubuntu 12.10 DVD is now available for pre-order.  Quantal is the first release not to fit on a standard CD, so it is provided on DVD.   The DVD will still provide the same live environment as the Live CD.  The DVDs will be available to ship from October 26, 2012.

There is good news and bad news, of course.  The single DVD – which has me excited, since such a thing has not been available for several versions now – is  a bit pricey at £4.71  or $7.99 (at this time).  With shipping, I paid $18.60.  Of course, if you need larger packs, they are more economical.    For instance 10 DVDs cost only £8.50, and so forth.  Shipping is free on 100 pack and 200 pack orders.

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal) Beta 2 Now Available

Ubuntu 12.10 has just been released. Here are some highlights:

The Nautilus file manager is being kept at 3.4.  The GNOME developers decided to trim down the latest Nautilus version, 3.6, to the point where it no longer provides features thought to be essential to Ubuntu.

Some online search results have been added to the Unity 6.6 dash.  Entries in the dash search bar now lead to a “More Suggestions” category which may include results from Amazon and Ubuntu One.  Canonical’s reason for adding search results from Amazon is that any Amazon purchases made through Ubuntu’s servers yield a small percentage to Canonical, helping to further their development of Ubuntu.

If you are running Precise – 12.04 – the easiest way to upgrade is to press the keys Alt and F2, and then enter “update-manager -d” (without the quotes).  Update Manager will then alert you that the new release 12.10 is available.  From there, you just need to click on Upgrade and follow the on-screen directions.

Quantal is also available for download.

Ubuntu Sources List Generator Available for Quantal

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is now available for Quantal. The other versions of Ubuntu that it handles at present are Lucid, Natty, Oneiric and Precise.

First, you give the generator your country, the version of Ubuntu you are using, and the repositories you need (of course, including the necessary ones like Main, Restricted, Universe, Multiverse, etc.). Then, you get output that can be used to replace your /etc/apt/sources.list, or read to give instructions to make some changes instead of replacing the whole file.

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Available for Download

On Thursday, September 6, Quantal Beta 1 was made available for download.  This is right on schedule.

To upgrade from Precise (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) on a desktop system, open Software Sources. Switch to the Updates tab and set “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” to “For any new version.” Press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘12.10’ is available. Then you just need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Download the Beta 1:

Beta 1 images can be downloaded from a location near you. Please note: The Ubuntu Desktop images are now bigger than a standard CD, and you should use a USB or DVD for installation.

You can download Beta 1 ISOs from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Ubuntu Core) (Kubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Edubuntu DVD) (Ubuntu Studio)


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