A Few Essential Repositories for Ubuntu

There are a few essential repositories that I use to add missing applications, codecs and other applications that are not available in Ubuntu. There are many more out there but these three are top added to my systems.

Medibuntu (
Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).

The following bash command adds Medibuntu’s repository to Ubuntu. It also adds Medibuntu’s GPG key to your keyring, which is needed to authenticate the Medibuntu packages.

* This command should be run in the Terminal (Applications → Accessories → Terminal):

$ sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update

You may also wish to add the following packages. The first will cause many apps from the Medibuntu repository to appear in Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 9.10+) or Add/Remove Applications (versions prior to 9.10). The second will allow users to generate crash reports against Medibuntu packages and submit them to the Medibuntu bugtracker.

$ sudo apt-get --yes install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu

Please note you may have to use –force-yes instead of –yes in order for this command to succeed. (
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.

Installing GetDeb

1. Install the getdeb ( package. This is the easiest and preferred method
2. Or configure the repository manually:
Go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
deb karmic-getdeb apps

Add the repository GPG key, open a terminal window and type:
$ wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
3. Click the “Install this now” button below the screenshot of the desired application on the GetDeb site.

Philip Johnsson Extra Repos. UbuntuStudio related latest packages.
Add the PPA to the Software sources, open a terminal window and type:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

Update Repository
$ sudo apt-get update

I hope this adds many new options to your Linux experience!!!

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