Debian GNU / Linux is the distribution upon which Ubuntu is based. Ubuntu uses the same packaging system as Debian. These questions should be about how Ubuntu and Debian work together from a workflow perspective.

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How to Install pavucontrol without apt?

I need to install pavucontrol by hand, because my apt does not work. How can I install it by hand? I just need to get it for skype sound but my apt does not work.
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Why does Ubuntu CD contain a “pics” folder with Debian-related images?

There is a "pics" folder on the Ubuntu CD, containing some PNG files, which are apparently a part of an offline HTML document about Debian. Just curious, is there any use of them somewhere in the live ...
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How do I install this mysql workbench package?

I want to install mysql-workbench-gpl-5.2.33b-1ubu1010-amd64.deb on Ubuntu, what is the command line to do that ? Thank you.
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Triple Boot: Windows 7, Ubuntu, and Debian

Is it possible to install Win 7, Ubuntu, Debian as triple boot? If so, which one should I install first after Win 7? Will there be problem with GRUB? and Is it fine to install those two linux in ...
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Dual booting Debian Squeeze & Ubuntu Natty: should I share /home and/or other partitions?

There are two prior questions that tangentially touch on this here & here. It's not really what I'm after though. I plan on installing Debian Squeeze & Ubuntu Natty in a dual-boot scenario. ...
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Rename a file during install of a Debian package

I have a python script that I want to package for Debian. I use a debian/install file where I wrote auto_dice.py /usr/bin/ Linitan then complains about the .py extension ...
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How do i find all files in a folder recursively by the specific name and rename them?

I have a tree of folders. Some of them contain file named ".file.php" How do i rename all the files with this name recursively in the tree to ".file1.php"? I'm on debian server.
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Can I install Debian Unstable Scala 2.8.1 package in Ubuntu? Won't it cause problems?

I am coding Scala and would like an up-to-date 2.8.1 of it to be installed in my Ubuntu 10.10 system, but there is only obsolete 2.7 package available in Ubuntu repositories, so I have to go ...
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Is there a foolproof and easy way of determining which debs meant for ubuntu will install on debian

I have used ubuntu for a long time, and have collected a lot of Ubuntu .deb packages which I may need for future installs. Most of these are grabbed from outdated or obsolete PPAs or from outside ...
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Software versions of LTS and non-LTS releases synced from Debian

I read that LTS releases are based on Debian testing while non-LTS releases are based on Debian unstable. Given the long release cycle of Debian, is it possible for some software to be of a more ...
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What is the difference between Debian contrib & non-free and how it corresponds to Ubuntu?

I have been trying to understand the difference between Debian's contrib and non-free sections. Do contrib packages just wrappers around non-free softwares? Like what we have in flashplugin-nonfree ...
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Can I install some debs from Ubuntu on Debian Lenny or Squeeze to get nice font rendering? [closed]

I'm currently in font hell. I have both Debian Lenny and Ubuntu Lucid machines; the font rendering in Lucid is beautiful out of the box but Lenny is still ugly even after hours and hours of messing ...
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I switched to a Debian desktop, how can I download my notes from Ubuntu One acct?

I have Tomboy Notes on my Debian desktop. I would like to download my backed up notes at my Ubuntu One acct. I can login, but don't know how to download all my notes (about 80) I don't need to make ...
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Default location of web site content

I am looking to install MediaWiki on a production server (after doing a test on a development one). I could not really understand why the default location for the MediaWiki files is ...
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How to have Debian packaging generate two packages given an upstream source archive?

I am packaging something for my PPA. The upstream source is a .tar.gz archive which is Makefile-based. Since this package has a significant amount of architecture-independent data, it would be wise ...
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What exactly does Ubuntu share with other Debian based distributions?

What exactly does Ubuntu share with other Debian based distributions? What do all Debian based distributions share in common that other distributions don't?
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Why does ubuntu use about twice as much RAM as debian? [closed]

I installed debian 5 + LXDE and I was surprised that without an application running it used less than 50 MB of RAM and with Firefox and OpenOffice running it still used less than 100 MB of RAM. Ubuntu ...
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Whats eating my memory? [closed]

I often face the problem that something is eating away on my memory, but I can't put my finger on what it is. I have redis, mysql, ruby, php and apache running on the same server, it's been running ...
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Debian Stable vs Ubuntu LTS for Server?

Which is a better platform for a professional use server? Debian Stable or Ubuntu LTS? The third party software we plan to use, works on both. Which one is better on it own merits? Take into ...
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Can I download Ubuntu 'Lite' - just the core?

As a bit of a personal project im wanting to create a very lightweight desktop environment with something like fluxbox. As a start point im wanting to use something like a lightweight version of ...
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Tools to diff deb-src packages between ubuntu and debian repos

I can already create duplicate repos with the same versions of debs and deb-src packages. The problem is that I want to find the Ubuntu changes from Debian mainline (not from original source). ...
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What is the right way to reinstall from source after package was installed via apt?

I have a python package previously installed via apt(by default). Now I want to install new version and compile it manually from the sources with all the required modules. How can I do that? I ...
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How do I propose my project to be part of Debian too?

I have a new project hosted at launchpad.net. My project can be useful for both: Ubuntu and Debian. However, I can't find a documentation to start host my project at launchpad.net and get my package ...
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What does dsfg as a part of package names mean?

I know the general format for package names in Debian and Ubuntu. Some packages have additions to the standard numbering scheme with obvious meaning like svn20090426 etc. But also quite a few packages ...
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Is running Ubuntu One on Debian 'possible'?

I read somewhere that Ubuntu One only runs on Ubuntu, which was a surprise (and I suppose it's just an official stance). What will it take for me to run it on Debian?
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is it possible to use Debian repositories in Ubuntu?

Since Ubuntu is a Debian derivative I thought maybe it's possible
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Information explaining the relationship between Debian and Ubuntu

Please post articles or blog posts that detail the relationship between Debian and Ubuntu (negative/positive) that you find insightful/useful/excellent... and please don't limit this to just the OS, ...
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How to create deb package from Windows applications?

I want to make a deb file from a Windows application which will be run with wine. how do I make it? As an example, I use Ubuntu Christian Edition and I find the application Virtual Rosary is ...
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Can I use Ubuntu PPAs in Sidux? [closed]

I want to test Sidux in Dual-Boot! Cause it is Debianoid a question popped up: Is ist possible to use PPAs in Sidux, too?
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What is Utnubu?

Not Ubuntu,I heard it on Planet Ubuntu but google doesn't tell me anything. It is something related to Debian.
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“Ubuntu is an ancient african word, meaning 'I can't configure Debian.'” — why did they write that?

From urban dictionary ubuntu is defined as "Ubuntu is an ancient african word, meaning "I can't configure Debian"". http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ubuntu I'm confused for that... How ...
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How long till a package shows up in the repository?

A package was recently added to Ubuntu. (It was synced from Debian.) I searched for it on http://packages.ubuntu.com but it isn't showing up. How long does it take?
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How do I dual-boot with Debian?

I want to install Debian Unstable alongside Maverick but I don't want to lose my data. Also my CD drive is Broken.
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Technically speaking, what is different about Ubuntu compared to other Linux distributions?

This is a question that's puzzled me for quite a while (and refers to the differences between all distributions). In my mind, a distribution is: a pre-configured OS, with some pre-installed packages, ...
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What is the simplest Debian Packaging Guide?

I went to the Ubuntu wiki but got confused,there were too many ways.Please tell me an easy guide to debian packaging.
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How is Ubuntu different from Debian?

Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian. It uses the same package format. In what ways is Ubuntu different from Debian?
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Is Ubuntu based on Debian unstable or Debian testing?

which of the two it is?
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How do I put a package into the Ubuntu repositories? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get my software into Ubuntu? I've created a Python application for Ubuntu. How do I package it and submit it for possible inclusion in the universe repository?