Friday, 29 April 2011

Adding a PPA in Maverick

Happy day for those ubuntu users who want the video transcoding application Handbrake. I find this useful because it is the only application that will spit out video that an iPhone or iPad will actually play. Anyway, my live cd instructions contained a breathless explanation of how to build handbrake from source. You no longer need to do that. You just need a ppa instead.

OK, what's a PPA? It is like an official ubuntu source of packages, but it is not maintained by canonical. It stands for personal package archive. These are useful for all kinds of things. Here it is used for software not tested by the people who make ubuntu, and which doesn't form part of the ubuntu repositories of packages.

In addition, a useful download manager is also now available for ubuntu in a ppa: jdownloader. What we are about to do is add two ppa's to our list of sources of ubuntu applications, then update our list of what applications are contained in all of our sources, and then we will install the two applications in question.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jd-team/jdownloader
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk jdownloader

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