Adding packages not available on Ubuntu Mirrors (PPAs)

PPAs –Personal Package Archive– are repositories hosted on Launchpad which you can use to install (or upgrade) packages that are not available in the official Ubuntu repositories. The packages reside on the Launchpad mirrors, for the specific Ubuntu version(s).

In general these PPAs can be added via the command line and then used to add packages as follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:someppa/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install (package name)

In no particular order, here’s a list of specific PPAs I’ve used and a brief description of what I use them for:

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# cardapio is a nice gnome menu program to replace say dash

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-team/cardapio-ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cardapio

# main webupd8 repository (dropbox, Dockbarx etc.)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install (package name)

# caffeine disables the screen saver for user specified programs like VLC or Media Player
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install caffeine python-glade2

# Ubuntu tweak
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

# handbrake (dvd ripper)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake

# medibuntu packages like libdvdcss2 required to watch dvds on linux
# note these instructions don’t follow the normal PPA methodology
sudo -E wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list
sudo apt-get --quiet update
sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring
sudo apt-get --quiet update

# nevernote, a native linux interface for Evernote (alternative to running Evernote under wine)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vincent-c/nevernote
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nevernote

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