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Old 06-30-2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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Mixing Ubuntu repositories with Debian 3.1 Sarge

I have Debian 3.1 Sarge inst and have been looking at Ubuntu's repositories.

My question is that with Ubuntu based on Debian is it safe to mix and match both Ubuntu and Debian's repositories.

Ubuntu have a great Unoffical Starter guide.

Old 06-30-2005, 08:08 PM   #2
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No. That is generally a bad idea.
Ubuntu is based on Debian but not all the pkgs are compatible.
Old 06-30-2005, 10:20 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Xian
No. That is generally a bad idea.
Ubuntu is based on Debian but not all the pkgs are compatible.
Well said. I have heard of people using Debian sid sources in Ubuntu, but even they tend to bork their systems. Not worth it. Anything found in Ubuntu can be found in native Debian, from my experience. You just need to find the right apt source.
Old 06-30-2005, 10:50 PM   #4
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Rep: Reputation: 454Reputation: 454Reputation: 454Reputation: 454Reputation: 454 has tons of repositories. If an app isn't in an "official" Debian repository chances are you can find it there.

Anything that is Ubuntu pretty much comes from Debian to begin with. Last time I ran Synaptic I had over 22k packages available.

Are you looking for something specific?
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Just a couple of things.

A program called GParted - a partioning program and SCIM Chinese method for typing chinese into word documents.

Old 07-01-2005, 04:54 AM   #6
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Best policy is NOT to mix repositories. Even Libranet, which is supposed to be 100% Debian compatible, in my

experience, is not. Mepis neither. Stick to Debian if you have it installed. is a good place to find

extra packages.
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Have been using, great site.
I have managed to install SCIM which is great but I am after OpenOffice 2 beta, I use it in Windows and ithas never let me down and so I want to do most of my writing in Debian and would still like to use version 2 of OpenOffice. The above site only tells me it is still 1.3.

Any ideas

Thanks for the help
Old 07-01-2005, 08:28 AM   #8
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deb ./

add that to your sources.list and search for ooo kanotix that will get you the current beta of open office.
Old 07-01-2005, 09:10 AM   #9
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That has knocked me out for six!

Everything works great.

Thanks for your help.



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