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Direct URL links to packages

It's now possible to name a package in a ubuntuupdates.org URL and get directly to the page for the latest version of this package. Just append its name to http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/. For example, to get directly to the package page for the latest version of Firefox, use http://www.ubuntupdates.org/firefox

Not sure you want exactly the latest version of that package? Go to the search page instead: just insert "pm/" before the package name. That displays the full list of versions of this package in all repositories: http://www.ubuntupdates.org/pm/firefox.

To summarize,

  • Link to package: http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/<package name>
  • Link to list of versions: http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/pm/<package name>

posted at 2010-05-31 23:43:51 UTC by uupdates

PPA changelogs now tracked at ubuntuupdates.org

Ubuntuupdates.org started tracking the changelogs for PPAs 2 days ago on 5/23. From now on, all packages belonging to Launchpad PPAs and to some 3rd party repositories such as GetDeb are shown with their changelog. Make an informed decision when upgrading a package of choosing to use a PPA: all modifications and bug fixes for each new version are enumerated on the package page.

See for example the logs for the newest Nvidia beta driver 256.25 that is available for Lucid in the Ubuntu-X-Swat PPA.


posted at 2010-05-26 02:27:27 UTC by uupdates

Freenx-server is dead. Vive Neatx-server!

Happy users of Freenx in Karmic are left wondering what happened to it in Lucid. The FreeNX-Team Stable repository for Lucid does not have it. If you really want it you have to go to the FreeNX-Team Testing PPA and as its name implies, stability is not guaranteed.

But fear not, Google released last year a new implementation of the NX server. Even though neatx-server misses some minor non essential features of the original freenx-server, it's said to be better designed, more maintainable and in my experience, it works better, especially with KDE.

Neatx-server is available in the same FreeNX-Team Stable repository. There's not much documentation but it's so simple to use in Ubuntu that it's not really needed.

add-apt-repository ppa:freenx-team/ppa
aptitude update
aptitude install neatx-server

Use the NoMachine FreeNX client as you would do to connect to freenx-server.

Note: If you had freenx-server installed in karmic, you may have troubles with the /etc/alternatives symlink as it may be leftover and still point to the old nxserver executable. Make sure you have:

/etc/alternatives/nxserver -> /usr/lib/neatx/nxserver-login-wrapper
posted at 2010-05-02 00:06:00 UTC by uupdates

Lucid packages for Nvidia 195 driver

Naming the packages for the 195 Nvidia proprietary driver nvidia-195-* would have been too easy so they decided to use nvidia-current, nvidia-glx-185 and nvidia-185-modaliases instead. This is the list of nvidia packages installed on a machine running the 195 driver in Lucid:

# dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii  nvidia-173-modaliases     173.14.22-0ubuntu11 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii  nvidia-180-modaliases     185.18.36-0ubuntu9  Transitional package for nvidia-185-modalias
ii  nvidia-185-modaliases     195.36.15-0ubuntu2  Transitional package for nvidia-185-modalias
ii  nvidia-96-modaliases      96.43.17-0ubuntu1   Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii  nvidia-common             0.2.23              Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
ii  nvidia-current            195.36.15-0ubuntu2  NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and
ii  nvidia-current-modaliases 195.36.15-0ubuntu2  Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii  nvidia-glx-180            185.18.36-0ubuntu9  Transitional package for nvidia-glx-185
ii  nvidia-glx-185            195.36.15-0ubuntu2  Transitional package for nvidia-glx-185
ii  nvidia-settings           195.36.08-0ubuntu2  Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv


# dpkg -L nvidia-current
to find the list of binaries and source files associated with the driver.

posted at 2010-04-26 00:21:14 UTC by uupdates

2.6.31-21 changelog and bug fixes

Kernel 2.6.31-21 for Karmic was just released with the "proposed" status. The changelog and bug fixes are available here. It's based on upstream for which the changelog can be found on the kernel.org page.

Find all versions of Ubuntu kernels per release and repository on the linux meta page.

posted at 2010-03-25 17:54:00 UTC by uupdates

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