Adding the Repository
- This command should be run in the Terminal (Applications → Accessories → Terminal):
sudo 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
Medibuntu’s repository is deactivated by upgrading to a newer Ubuntu release, so you should run this command again after the release upgrade.
You may also wish to add the following packages. The first will cause many apps from the Medibuntu repository to appear in Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 9.10+) or Add/Remove Applications (versions prior to 9.10). The second will allow users to generate crash reports against Medibuntu packages and submit them to the Medibuntu bugtracker.
sudo apt-get --yes install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu
Please note you may have to use –force-yes instead of –yes in order for this command to succeed.
Free and Non-Free Software
Medibuntu’s repository comprises two components: free and non-free.The free component contains Free software, whose source code is distributed under an open source licence.Software in the free component is not distributed by Ubuntu because of legal issues with that software in certain countries. Some software—such as Amarok and Kaffeine—is distributed by Ubuntu but with certain functionality taken away, again because of legal issues. Medibuntu distributes this kind of software with that functionality in place.The non-free component contains software whose source code is not distributed under an open source licence. “Non-Free” refers to freedom and not to price.Software in the non-free component is not distributed by Ubuntu because the software’s licence restricts how it can be distributed. This software is usually not needed for general use, as open source alternatives are usually available.Some software—such as Google Earth and Adobe Reader—is also available from the producer’s website. You should be aware that software installed without a repository may not keep itself up-to-date and secure.
Removing Non-Free Software
Some people don’t want to install Non-Free software on their computer, or simply have no need for the software in Medibuntu’s non-free component. The following command deactivates the non-free component.
- This command should be run in the Terminal, after adding the repository:
sudo sed -e 's/ non-free//' -i /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Removing the non-free component will remove access to these packages:
- alsa-firmware (needed for some audio cards)
- AMR and FAAC support in MPlayer and FFmpeg
- Google Earth (also available from Google)
- Restricted video formats (ppc-codecs, w32codecs, w64codecs)
Medibuntu maintains a complete package list.