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Best Ubuntu PPAs You Must Add Right Now

by Fahad Saleem

Best Ubuntu PPAs You Must Add Right Now

Although, the applications in the Ubuntu software center should prove to be enough for an average Linux user, yet advanced users seek more functionalities and customization options. You can use software packages known as PPAs for adding different kind of software to your Ubuntu. This article covers some of the handy Ubuntu PPAs that comprise your desired software.

Wine PPA

It is a great free PPA that allows your Ubuntu to have a Windows like appearance. Although, it can be installed from the Ubuntu repos, yet it is not updated there. To make sure that you have installed the latest version, you need to add PPA first. Type the following commands to get started.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa”


It is a wonderful packaging project that aims to distribute software that couldn’t be included in Ubuntu due to various reasons like intellectual property issues, geographical variations in legislations, security, etc. You will find different packages here such as w32codecs, non-free-codecs, mplayer, and more. The main package that makes the real worth of Medibuntu is libdvdcss2 that is a valuable codec for reading and playing DVDs on your Ubuntu system.

To get started with Medibuntu, type the following commands in your terminal window.

“sudo -E wget –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get –quiet update && sudo apt-get –yes –quiet –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get –quiet update

sudo apt-get install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu”

Linux Freedom Lucid PPA

It is quite a useful PPA. The main purpose of this PPA is to provide some popular packages such as Gimp, VLC, Pidgin, JDownloader, Cafaine, Nautilaus, and File zilla etc. They only provide stable software. You will get more than 100 PPAs here. To use this PPA, use the following command in your terminal.

“sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/linuxfreedomlucid
sudo apt-get update”

Video Driver PPA

You will be able to get the latest stable version of the video driver for the video card of your computer systems. You will get the updated version of the Nvidia restricted driver.  For adding this PPA, write the following command in your terminal.

“sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update”

This article reviewed some of the best software packages for your Ubuntu. These PPAs increase the value of your operating system by using its features in innovative ways. You will extract the best performance from your Linux-based PC.

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