Suggestion for Ubuntu

One of the huge advantages of Ubuntu is the very easy to use Package Manager. One major disadvantage is that if your software is not in the repository and you can’t find a .deb of it anyway, you’re probably going to have to end up installing from source.

Now this isn’t a huge problem for the hardcore Linux users who are probably using Gentoo, but for those of us who are on Ubuntu, it would be nice to have a less interactive way of doing it.

I wonder how difficult it would be for Synaptic to have an add on that would import a tarball, make sure necessary libraries (build-essentials, etc) are installed and install the tarball for you? This way it could put the config files and binaries all where it would have put them if it was a package from the repository to maintain a level of consistency.

Just an idea….

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2 thoughts on “Suggestion for Ubuntu

  1. I think it’d be a better idea to have a wishlist of applications users would like to see in the repositories that aren’t already in there and then have a voting mechanism so that those who know how to package .deb files (I certainly don’t) can see where the demand is.

    To be honest, I have never seen an application I wanted to install that wasn’t already in the repositories or that didn’t already come as a .deb file. I know they exist for other people, but not for me.

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