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How to use PPAs to install bleeding-edge software in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Chris Hoffman | July 2, 2015
Linux users install most of their software directly from a centralized package repository managed by their Linux distribution of choice. This is a convenient, one-stop shop place to get your software--but what if the repository doesn't have the program you need, or you want a newer version? For Ubuntu and Linux Mint users, that's where personal package archives come in.

On Ubuntu's standard Unity desktop, open the Ubuntu Software Center, click the Edit menu, and select Software Sources. Click the Other Software tab and click the Add button. Type ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa into the box and click Add Source. On Linux Mint, open the Software Manager, click Edit, select Software Sources, click the PPAs icon, and add a PPA by entering its name.

On other Ubuntu desktops, you'll want to look at your software-installation tool for a list of software sources where you can add more software. If you can't find such a graphical tool--or if you'd just rather do it from a terminal--you can open a terminal window and run the sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa command. Replace ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa with the name of the PPA.

After you add the PPA, you can install packages from it using your normal software-installation tool--for example, Ubuntu Software Center on Ubuntu's Unity desktop, Software Manager on Linux Mint, or the apt-get command in a terminal. Those packages will be updated through your desktop's normal update manager, too.

 

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