Should I Disable The Universe Repository?

Sajan Parikh sajan at parikh.io
Sat Nov 29 18:42:56 UTC 2014


I've had this on my mind since the ownCloud stuff was happening a few 
weeks back.  The wiki describes the Universe repositoy as "Community 
maintained software, i.e. not officially supported software."

I just went to setup a new laptop I purchased and needed to install the 
following packages:

network-manager-openvpn network-manager-openvpn-gnome openvpn

I usually don't pay much attention because I don't use many PPAs and the 
ones I do, I trust (Git).  However, I realized that two of those three 
packages came from the universe repository and it got me wondering.

If I want to have a stable, secure system, should I just disable the 
Universe repository from the get go?  How much of a new install comes 
from the Universe repository?  Should I take some solace in the fact 
that it is in fact enabled by default?  I'm now sure how many packages I 
actually use from that repository, if it's not much, I'm sure I could 
manage building those packages myself when needed.

Or has the ownCloud stuff scared me, and I'm overthinking it?

-- 
Sajan Parikh


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