Extra Repositories for Ubuntu 8.10

Medibuntu

Medibuntu is the best way to get some video and audio playback capability that isn’t included in Ubuntu 8.10 for patent reasons. If you live in a region which doesn’t support these patents, you can go ahead and get them. Popular packages include: 

  • Acrobat Reader
  • Firmware for the ALSA sound system
  • Google Earth
  • DVD decryption
  • MPlayer / MEncoder
  • Non-free codecs and
  • Skype

Add this line to Software Sources:

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

When you are finished, install the medibuntu-keyring and app-install-data-medibuntu packages.

 

Wine

Ubuntu 8.10 ships with Wine 1.0, but the development version is able to run many more Windows programs. You can get the latest version from the Wine repository.

Add this line to Software Sources: 

deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt intrepid main

 

Opera

While Firefox is a great browser, some people just prefer Opera. Opera makes it easy for Debian-based OSes.

Add this line to Software Sources:

deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free

Banshee

Banshee is an audio and video manager which is seeinging extremely rapid development. New features are added every month.

Add this line to Software Sources:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/banshee-team/ubuntu intrepid main

When you are finished, install the banshee package.

 

VideoLAN Client (VLC)

My favourite player. VLC is in the repositories, but keeping up with recent versions means adding this line to Software Sources:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/c-korn/ubuntu intrepid main

When you are finished, just install the vlc package.
 

Google Gadget

Google used to host a repo itself, but that went away and we are just left with a PPA for Google Gadgets. It’s for Hardy (8.04), but there doesn’t appear to be a problem with running it on Intrepid. Caveat emptor.

Add this line to Software Sources:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/googlegadgets/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

When you are finished, install the google-gadgets package.
 

Compiz

Compiz Fusion comes standard on Ubuntu, but you might want to keep up with the mosst current version to have all that extra BLING. 

Add this line to Software Sources:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ubuntu intrepid main

When you are finished, update your installation.

 

Google Chrome

Google’s browser isn’t yet available on non-Windows systems, but you can get an automated daily build of Chromium to test. It’s not guaranteed to work on any particular day. This is native, not the Crossover Wine version that’s been out since as remains at the 0.9 beta version.

Add this line to Software Sources:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main When you are finished, install the chromium-browser package.
 

Keys

You’ll have some package manager complaints about keys. Import these keys to get rid of the warnings using the NO_PUBKEY value (e.g. C5D4A5ED249AD24C) to add the key with the following command.

 sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C5D4A5ED249AD24C

Some of these repo’s are already available for the new Ubuntu Jaunty, in the software source line simply change intrepid to jaunty eg.
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free

 
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