Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Nov 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical is announcing the availability of PPA: a Launchpad-integrated free service which allows anyone to get 1 GB of space to upload whatever software they want. Launchpad will compile it automatically and will set up an apt repository with your package to anyone who wants to use it. Aditionally, PPAs offer bug reporting and translation services.
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Repository Compatibility
by whittmadden on Tue 27th Nov 2007 22:19 UTC
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Is it comptable with the distro repos? I know that stuff like Automatix has been said to break your Ubuntu installation, during an OS upgrade. And Trevino's compiz packages have wreacked a lot of havoc on users upgrading to Gutsy. If it is compatible, then I think it's a wonderful idea. One thing a user can get bashed for in the Ubuntu Forums, is using repos that aren't standard and when something breaks, they are told not to use 3rd party repositories. I know, because sadly I've done that many times.

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RE: Repository Compatibility
by malept on Tue 27th Nov 2007 22:41 in reply to "Repository Compatibility"
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AIUI, PPA builds for multiple Ubuntu versions (assuming the package requirements fit, etc). So, a developer could theoretically set up a PPA for package foo that contains packages for Dapper through Hardy.

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