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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

53
votes
6answers
45k views

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 ...
49
votes
6answers
8k views

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.
46
votes
5answers
5k views

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?
32
votes
2answers
34k views

What is difference between the options “autoclean”, “autoremove” and “clean”?

apt-get has a few options which looks the same to me: autoclean, autoremove and clean. What do each of them do?
26
votes
7answers
19k views

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?
22
votes
3answers
8k views

What is the difference between Ubuntu and Debian server?

I know Ubuntu is basically Debian, and I know Ubuntu releases every 6 months, Debian every 2 years. However, I want to know more the advanced differences between Ubuntu server and Debian. If they have ...
21
votes
4answers
34k views

What is the default Debian/Ubuntu console (TTY) font called?

I'm currently running Ubuntu and a few other Linux distributions on my computer and since I use the TTY a lot, a good font is pretty important! Does anyone know the name of the default console/TTY ...
20
votes
5answers
34k views

Getting + installing gcc/g++ 4.9 on Ubuntu?

How do I install the latest version of gcc and g++? I am using a variety of C++11 and C++1y features; which is why I need this.
18
votes
2answers
4k views

How is Ubuntu more updated than Debian?

I am reading Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint: Which Distribution Should You Use? Ubuntu, on the other hand, is made to include a good combination of new and stable ... Some packages can be used ...
16
votes
3answers
3k views

What does “${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}” do in my terminal prompt?

In my terminal prompt definition in my .bashrc file, among other things, I have this snippet of code: ${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)} What does this do, and do I need it?
16
votes
3answers
584 views

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 ...
15
votes
0answers
570 views

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?
14
votes
6answers
15k views

Adding Debian Sid as Package Repository?

I am running 12.04 Precise beta (upgraded from 11.10 Oneiric) and I added the following line to my /etc/apt/source.list: deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free In order ...
14
votes
2answers
7k views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
327 views

I've filed an ITP bug on bugs.debian.org - now how do I get the package into Ubuntu?

I've written a development library that I would like to include in the Ubuntu archives. From what I understand, the best way to do this is to first get the package into Debian and then request a ...
11
votes
3answers
637 views

What is Utnubu?

Not Ubuntu,I heard it on Planet Ubuntu but google doesn't tell me anything. It is something related to Debian.
11
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
5answers
6k views

“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 ...
10
votes
3answers
3k views

is it possible to use Debian repositories in Ubuntu?

Since Ubuntu is a Debian derivative I thought maybe it's possible
9
votes
3answers
459 views
9
votes
5answers
3k views

apt-get broken: No module named debian.deb822

sys.path: ['/usr/lib/update-notifier', '/usr/local/lib/python26.zip', '/usr/local/lib/python2.6', '/usr/local/lib/python2.6/plat-linux3', '/usr/local/lib/python2.6/lib-tk', ...
8
votes
2answers
262 views

How come the override_dh_build-indep sequence isn't run by debuild?

I'm having a bad time trying to generate some documentation for a shared library within debian/rules. I asked a question earlier about which target to use for generating the documentation. My problem ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
6k views

Which Ubuntu version is equivalent to Debian Squeeze?

I have some software packages customised for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 12.10, but now I have to install them on Debian Squeeze. I have been unable to Google for a mapping between specific Ubuntu and ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
4k views

How to safely download and gpg verify a Debian source package?

I need specific (source or binary) packages from Debian. Can I download the package using apt-get? How can I add the Debian repository to my sources.list so it only gets used on a by case base? ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
8k views

Which version of Debian are Ubuntu LTS releases based on?

This answer says: The base of the operating system, Debian, comes in three versions: Stable, Testing and Unstable. Normally, Ubuntu is based on Testing; the LTS releases are based on Stable. ...
6
votes
2answers
125 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
447 views

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, ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
6
votes
0answers
71 views

Is there a way to download updates differentially rather than via .deb files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When will Ubuntu include delta updates? In the old days, you downloaded or installed packages from a CD, and then a year later you got the new version of your ...
5
votes
2answers
28k views

How to create init.d startup script

I just want to run a very simple command on startup. How can I do that? I've searched google and it has very complicated examples, but what I need is just run this script on startup. How can I do ...
5
votes
2answers
594 views

Could I make Ubuntu a rolling distro?

From what I understand, Debian testing/unstable/experimental are rolling release, right? Since Ubuntu is based on Debian, could I the Debian testing repo to my software sources and make my Ubuntu a ...
5
votes
2answers
102 views

How do I copy a package from Debian to my PPA?

I'd like to add the latest gourmet package from Debian sid to our team's PPA so Ubuntu users who would like to run an up-to-date version of Gourmet can add that PPA to their software sources. ...
5
votes
1answer
349 views

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). ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

Trouble making a Live USB with Debian 'Sqeeze'

So first off, I'm using Debian sqeeze and I'm trying to make an Ubuntu 12. 04 Precise Pangolin Live USB. This is kind of a problem at the moment because debian does not have the "startup disk creator" ...
5
votes
1answer
128 views

How do the security features in Ubuntu differ from Debian? [closed]

I am on the Debian Security Mailing list, and recently there has been a lot of traffic going back and forth about the security (particularly package updates) of Ubuntu vs Debian stable. A guy on the ...
5
votes
3answers
369 views

How can a Debian package install Python modules from PyPI

This question tries to complement this one . I have a python app which uses third party modules from PyPI. I want to package my app into a debian package, but don't know how to handle python ...
5
votes
1answer
79 views

Submit merged Debian package for inclusion in Ubuntu

I'm currently working to update the version of autogen shipped with Ubuntu from 1:5.12-0.1ubuntu2 in the repositories to 1:5.17.1-1 in Debian. The merge has been completed on my computer and the ...
4
votes
3answers
178 views

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?
4
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I make Ubuntu look like Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”?

I really like the simple look of Debian's interface. What desktop environment is it? Is it easy to replicate?
4
votes
2answers
249 views

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, ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How can I install packages from Debian's squeeze repo on Ubuntu 12.10?

I am using Debian Squeeze but I want to test Ubuntu with Unity. I just downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 ISO and installed it, but I can't find a way to add Debian's local repository. How can I use Debian's ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

Add custom steps to source package's debian/package.postinst?

I have a package that incorporates an auto-generated debian/package.postinst.debhelper file into the generated binary. When I put my own code into a file at debian/package.postinst, the auto-generated ...
4
votes
1answer
340 views

Python dependencies in Debian packages

I created my first Debian package today by following the accepted answer at this AskUbuntu question. Everything went fine, and it installed properly afterwards. However, my script is written in python ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

create final deb file from multiple deb files

I have a packages deb file with all dependencies deb file. Is it possible to create a final deb file(one file) using all. Say example firefox.deb has 10 dependency .deb file. So there is a order to ...
4
votes
1answer
274 views

Moving SSH keys from Ubuntu

I have set up SSH keys on my Ubuntu machine (10.04) and now I am moving to Debian. On the Debian machine, do I generate new SSH keys corresponding to my username or is it possible to (and is OK) if ...
4
votes
1answer
200 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
296 views

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 ...