Ubuntu repository crash-course

[Alan] has just posted an Ubuntu screencast that will take you through a crash course in the Ubuntu repositories. If you are new to Ubuntu this will give you a much better grasp on how software repositories are handled.

The different types of updates are discussed: Security updates fix bugs that cause a system vulnerability. Updates (generic) are for bug fixes that aren’t a security threat. Proposed updates are for testing before an update hits the ‘updates’ section. Finally, backports are updates from a newer version that have been ‘backported‘ so systems running older versions of Ubuntu can have the benefit of newer features and fixed bugs.

He also provides some tips on selecting package sources (main, universe, restricted, and multiverse), and choosing the fastest mirror to reduce download times. This screencast is just part one and we hope to see 3rd party repositories, personal package archives, and repository caching covered in future installments.

Comments

  1. Sean says:

    great, uh… hack. yeah.

  2. regomodo says:

    I’m not usually the type to complain but the lack of hack content in an hackaday posting but this has to be the bottom of the barrel.

  3. drew says:

    wow just wow slow news month?

  4. tom says:

    ^^^^ stfu crybebez

  5. Brandonman says:

    Wow. I have to agree with posters 1, 2, and 3… o.O

  6. Caleb Kraft says:

    We’re making some changes to our content. Doing some major growing. We’ll be experimenting for a little bit, so keep your eyes open.

    We’re also working on a way to make it so you only browse the type of post you are interested in. That’ll be awesome. We know a lot of you will appreciate that.

    More info coming soon.

  7. Grapsus says:

    Oh man, what a great hack !
    It’s even better than the kernel building GUI…

  8. davidb says:

    I have to agree. This seems like content for the sake of content. It adds very little value to the “hackaday community.” Less articles of this nature, please.

  9. Joe Schmoe says:

    What should I say? Besides Ubuntu isn’t all that mighty an great… this plainly sucks. Sorry ’bout that.

  10. mig says:

    well i like it

  11. jay vaughan says:

    what i find hackish about it is the idea of teaching people to have personal package repo’s .. this is necessary for a good ubuntu rig.

    but other than that, ermm .. ok. i come here for hardware hacking, mostly, so i shouldn’t be too judgemental.

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    In June of 1999, the Justice Department brought the largest, best-trained and most efficient debt-collection operation in the world, Commercial Financial Services, Inc. (CFS), founded by Bill Bartmann, to its demise. However, although Bill Bartmann had lost his company, he had not lost his faith. As Wall Street panicked, lawsuits and allegations rained down on Bartmann, the man who Inc. magazine once said had “remade one of the ugliest industries” and who Fortune magazine said had put a “seedy and inefficient industry on the road to respectability.” In December 2003, after eight weeks of testimony from 53 prosecution witnesses, Bartmann was acquitted of the 57-count indictment brought against him in the post-Enron era by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. There was no evidence of wrongdoing found.

    CFS had made its name on its ability to buy delinquent credit card accounts for pennies on the dollar, and then produce nickels, dimes and quarters—an ability the firm eventually took to Wall Street. The accolades and praise for the company never seemed to end: BusinessWeek named it “One of the Top Ten Family Oriented Businesses in the U.S.” while Working Woman said it was one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.” Inc. magazine called it one of the “500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” for four straight years and the Better Business Bureau gave it the Torch Award for Ethics in the Marketplace.

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    Ironically, 17 months after Bartmann’s acquittal and six-and-a-half years after his company was liquidated, the federal bankruptcy trustee (appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to liquidate the company, forcing Bartmann into personal bankruptcy) issued a report that publicly acknowledged for the first time that, “CFS was not a fraud.” Four independent expert witnesses hired by the trustee in the civil proceedings later confirmed this report.
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    if you dont like the post, dont read it. the front page has a synopsis, and im sure that your RSS reader does the same thing. if you see a title youre not interested in, just skip it.

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