For major programs on Ubuntu, I can download them using

sudo apt-get install <package-name>

but sometimes, I need higher versions than the apt source, and PPA's download speed is too slow for me.

So I have to download .deb packages directly.

For example, I want to install the latest version of syslinux, where to download the .deb package?

Now I know the answer is http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/s/syslinux/ , but how can I get this address if I don't know? Similarly, how to find latest .deb packages for gftp, wine etc. ?


Usually when some programs are available for Ubuntu or Debian You can find their .debs on the website (just google it and search download section). For example wine.

Sometimes You can just download binary version like in scilab or firefox case. In the latter case You need some work to make them work as those integrated into Ubuntu. But in general to run them You need to find a bin folder and click twice some file. For example:


Or great 3D modelling soft: Blender:

Just download it, untar the folder - right click - extract here, and find the executable icon called blender. Click it twice.

There also are ppa's - to add sources of software to Your repository.


  • Thanks for your solution, and I happened to find the website packages.ubuntu.com is satisfied. – NGY Jan 31 '12 at 12:26

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