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While there's plenty of software available out of the box for Ubuntu (and all the derivatives), some developers only provide .deb downloads from their websites - that's where deb-get comes in.

The idea is that it sources various extra applications for you, giving apt-get like functionality for 3rd party repositories or via direct download. Sounds pretty neat! A nice time-saving tool developed by Martin Wimpress, lead on Ubuntu MATE. It could help when you're getting setup initially, or just looking for something that isn't available from Ubuntu directly or Ubuntu perhaps has an older version than what you want to install.

Wimpress said the idea is directly inspired by Software Boutique, a tool used on Ubuntu MATE that does very much the same thing with a curated selection.

There's quite a lot of software already supported so go give it a whirl and see what you think.

Check it out on GitHub.

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dpanter 4 May
Hmm. Thinking about the stricter security measures for repo signing and keyring storage, deprecating apt-key, trusted.gpg etc, aiming to prevent a repository from shipping packages that the administrator does not expect that repository to ship.
https://wiki.debian.org/DebianRepository/UseThirdParty

This almost feels like a tool designed to circumvent all of that.
The idea is cool, but it is a bit slow. For most people it would probably be less hassle and time to simply download their one or two apps from a browser. The other thing is: these kind of tools are most useful if they come with your distro out of the box. Having to install/update an app that then helps install/update (for most users) one or two other apps is a bit stretch. On the other hand, maybe it will mature a little and be adopted wore widely in the future. I still like the idea of the Software Boutique app, although I never had a true use-case for it.
Great app....it would be nice if they could add corectrl and deezer tho
Okay this is super helpful.

Quotedeveloped by Martin Wimpress, lead on Ubuntu MATE

That makes it reliable in my eyes too 👍️.
There's a couple of things I might use this for. Mostly open source games, actually.
(But yes, I'll probably wait until it's available straight from my distro)


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 5 May 2022 at 2:09 pm UTC
Interesting… I've always just manually downloaded the deb file. You can then install with apt:
cd ~/Downloads
sudo apt install -y ./code_1.66.2-1649663260_arm64.deb


This has the benefit of adding (in this case) vscode to apt's automated update cycle. I would assume deb-get doesn't auto update due to the update command.

I also don't see an arm version of deb-get - that may be more useful. On arm, sublime-text doesn't install properly. I use the snap version to get full functionality. It would be interesting to see if deb-get installs it correctly.
illwieckz 7 days ago
Quoting: darkoverlordofdataThis has the benefit of adding (in this case) vscode to apt's automated update cycle.

Only because this particular `.deb` file sets up a repository and a key in your back, allowing Microsoft to replace every file on your distro in your back and have full control to be your own computer sysadmin (Yes that's also a problem PPA have too).

Any program installing this `.deb` file, being `apt` or something else (`dpkg`, `gdebi`, whatever…) will set the repository and the key to give full package and file replacement permission to Microsoft, because those permissions are set up by the package itself, not `apt` or any program installing the `.deb` file.
Quoting: illwieckz
Quoting: darkoverlordofdataThis has the benefit of adding (in this case) vscode to apt's automated update cycle.

Only because this particular `.deb` file sets up a repository and a key in your back, allowing Microsoft to replace every file on your distro in your back and have full control to be your own computer sysadmin (Yes that's also a problem PPA have too).

Any program installing this `.deb` file, being `apt` or something else (`dpkg`, `gdebi`, whatever…) will set the repository and the key to give full package and file replacement permission to Microsoft, because those permissions are set up by the package itself, not `apt` or any program installing the `.deb` file.
So do you mean Microsoft in specific or just anyone in general, Microsoft just being an appropriately annoying example? Because I'm not seeing what this would have to do with Microsoft specifically.
catbox_fugue 6 days ago
hmmm... useful as it might be, i looked over the list of software and it seems very "office" centric and "winisms" and nothing particularly gaming, linux, or edge case usage

as is, i actively maintain my own /build/ folder and manually check for git releases and build them myself

but i can see the benefits for people if they dont have a ppa for some of those
off the top i can see discord doesnt have a PPA - get the deb from their website.
however vivaldi does have a ppa.
google earth pro also has a ppa.

yeah honestly nothing in the software list interests me in the slightest.
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