Installing applications from outside the repositories

Paul Boren pmboren at
Mon Feb 11 22:00:39 GMT 2008

I know that going outside the repositories for binary files is not the
norm, but you also may want to try the site.

Like or, it's a community site that has a
pretty good web interface for hunting down programs that may not be so
popular.  More importantly in this case, for example, you can quickly
search for updated deb files that already meet your ubuntu machine
specs.  Here's a quick comparison:

Gutsy (from the official repository): zim (0.19-1) [universe]
Gutsy (from  zim 0.21
Fiesty (from the official repository): zim (0.17-1) [universe]
Feisty (from  zim 0.20

I guess that I also should point out the disclaimer that appeared
after I changed my default search to Feisty...

"We no longer provide updates or new packages for the selected Ubuntu version !"

This may seem similar to hunting for Windows executables, but
hopefully it saves someone time in the long run.

-- Paul Boren

On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 12:50 PM, Michael B. Trausch <mike at> wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-02-10 at 17:02 -0500, Carol E. Meacham wrote:
>  > I'm interested as well since I have what I assume to be the older
>  > version of Zim.  I like the older version.
>  Joining into the conversation a bit late here, but if there is a piece
>  of software that y'all are looking for, I can probably repackage it for
>  Gutsy and upload it to the repository that I am managing.  If there is
>  an already existing package for the software, available in the desired
>  version, then it's nearly a certainty that I can get it built for Gutsy.
>  See the last link in my email signature below for information on the
>  repository that I and my friend Brian run.
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