A Quick, Tongue-in-cheek Description of the Ubuntu Repositories
- $release: Don’t touch it, I like consistency, even with my bugs.
- $release-security: I’ll accept patches to existing versions (and very rare version upgrades if absolutely necessary) in the process of keeping my system secure.
- $release-updates: Okay, some bugs are worth fixing, and I trust you this much (holds up two fingers like Maxwell Smart).
- $release-backports: I have something akin to technology ADHD, needing the latest of everything I can possibly get, but I can’t handle running the development branch.
- $devel: I can take it. Seriously. If you break my X, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. I’ll file and maybe even fix the bugs and I’ll do it even if power management is not so much ‘managed’ as vomited all over the wall. Come get some.
- Debian: We do the work so you don’t have to.
Source: Jeff Waugh, "Understanding the Ubuntu Package Repositories" (modestly edited, as recommended by Waugh)
- Managing Repositories in Ubuntu <
> This page explains how to manage repositories in Ubuntu using a graphical user interface.
- Managing Repositories in Kubuntu <
> This page shows you how to manage repositories in Kubuntu
- Managing Repositories from the Command Line <
> If you prefer to use the command line, this page has the details
- Managing Personal or Local Repositories <
> If there are packages you want to load outside of the supported repositories, this page explains a way to ease package dependency issues.
- http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/components describes the repository components (main, restricted, universe, multiverse).
- Software Management
- Debian Apt User Manual
- Adept home page
- Synaptic home page