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Install Latest Versions and New Applications using GetDeb under Ubuntu

GetDeb is an unofficial project with the mission to provide the latest open source and freeware applications for the current Ubuntu Linux release, in an easy to install manner.

The GetDeb repository extends the official repositories by providing latest versions and new applications. Unlike the official packages, GetDeb packages do not have a predefined release schedule - new software versions are provided as they become available from their authors. There is a short and limited testing phase instead of a full testing cycle to ensure packaging quality, however it is less strict than Ubuntu's official requirements.

You may also be interested on the UbuntuBackports project. It has a limited scope compared to GetDeb but the advantage of being an Ubuntu official project.

Install GetDeb:
Go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
deb oneiric-getdeb apps
open a terminal window and type following command to add the repository GPG key, :
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
After this you can install any desire application using command line or from the Ubuntu software center.

GetDeb and PlayDeb (PlayDeb is a sister project to GetDeb, likewise serving the Ubuntu community, but with an explicit focus on games) serve two primary purposes. They allow Ubuntu users to install software that is not yet included in the main repositories, and offer current versions of many packages that are included in the Ubuntu repositories. The latter is of utility because, due to the release cycle adopted by Ubuntu, most packages will be several months out of date at the time of release, and will not receive feature updates until the next discrete release for stability reasons.

It is generally advisable to run from Ubuntu's own packages where possible, as software offered by GetDeb and PlayDeb has not been extensively tested with the current Ubuntu release. However, in many cases newer versions of software are only omitted from a specific Ubuntu release due to releases typically being static except for security updates. In some cases, software packaged by GetDeb and PlayDeb may be beta or alpha releases.

Additionally, software offered may not conform to the Debian or Ubuntu packaging guidelines.


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