Posts Tagged 'Ubuntu Sources List Generator'

Ubuntu Sources List Generator Ready for Utopic

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is a great source for finding new repositories or noting which repositories are already available for an upcoming release.  It has repositories available for Precise, Trusty and Utopic – the latest LTS, the latest full release version and the upcoming release.  You can follow instructions for adding repositories individually, or you can save the file output by the generator and substitute it for you /etc/apt/sources.list.  (I would back up my sources.list first, before replacing it.)

Ubuntu Sources List Generator

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 Sources List Generator Now Available for Precise

Ubuntu Sources List Generator is a quick and easy way to change your /etc/apt/sources.list file. Another use is to find which repositories are available in your version of Ubuntu and follow the directions to add them to Software Sources. This list of available repositories can be used with Lucid, Maverick, Natty, Oneiric and Precise.

Here is where we begin:

I have selected my country and Ubuntu version (Precise, even though it is not yet recommended). Then there are sections for the Ubuntu repositories and updates. After this come the third party repositories – such as the Google Linux, Mozilla Daily Build Team, Opera or Webmin repositories.

It is good when the Ubuntu Sources List Generator is available for the new Alpha release. You can upgrade to the new version, while knowing that Google Chrome, Opera or other creature comforts are available.

More repositories will appear on this page as they are readied for Precise.

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Ubuntu Sources List Generator

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is available for Oneiric (note that it still gives the version as Beta 2; I imagine that will be updated shortly). It yields a list of repositories suitable for your locale and version of Ubuntu.

The generated list can be used to replace /etc/apt/sources.list, or it can be used to gain the information needed to add the repositories. The following is an example:

Among the repositories available are Medibuntu, Google stable and testing, Opera, and Webmin.

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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.

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator Is Now Available for Maverick

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is now updated to include Maverick Meerkat Alpha 1. The available third party repositories so far include AWN (Avant Window Navigator), Chromium, Conky, Esmska, the Google repositories (both regular and testing), Mozilla Daily Build Team, muCommander, Opera, Oracle 10g DB, Pidging, SABnzd, Webmin, X Updates, and Yuuguu. There will of course be more repositories listed as they become available for Maverick.

The starting page for the Ubuntu Sources List Generator asks first for your country and for the Ubuntu version you are using:

Once you make your choices about what you want to include – both regular Ubuntu repositories and third party, you come to a second page:

Toward the bottom of that page come the third party repositories. Here, I just selected a few:

Once Ailurus (sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus/ppa) and Ubuntu Tweak (sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa) become available for Maverick, it will be easier to add third party repositories, as they take care of the GPG keys. For now, the Ubuntu Sources List Generator gives clear instructions along with a line that can be cut and pasted into your terminal.

Note: I am still using Lucid at this time. Maverick Meerkat Alpha 1 hosed my computer. I believe this happened because I am using an Nvidia graphics card.

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Ubuntu Sources List Generator, Getdeb and Playdeb

It has been a while since I have blogged about the Ubuntu Sources List Generator. I use it to discover new repositories and to find out when repositories are updated for the next alpha or beta release. Now that Lucid has been released, there are many excellent repositories for it.

Recently, the Getdeb and Playdeb repositories were added. Getdeb has, along with up-to-date copies of Ubuntu software, other excellent programs such as webmin that are not (yet) in the Ubuntu repositories.

For those who claim that Linux has a shortage of games, Playdeb may be one of the best answers. It has a long list of games, some of which are more updated versions of the ones in the Ubuntu repository, but others are like FreeOrion, not part of the repository. I have been looking all over for FreeOrion – and here it is:

So far, the game appears to be very playable. And it’s only one of many in the Playdeb repository!

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.


August 2020

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