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I just got a new Dell XPS 13 9300 today. It came with Ubuntu 18.04, but wanting a newer OS, and having a 20.04 USB disk lying around, I wiped it and installed 20.04.

But now I see that Dell has some of its own package archives. I think I found them here:

http://dell.archive.canonical.com/dists/

What I think I figured out so far is: 20.04 is "focal," I think.

I followed the advice here, replacing the distro codename with "focal" where necessary. And now my /etc/apt/sources.list has:

deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates focal-dell public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates focal-dell public

So far so good. But do I need to know the code name of my machine? And now that I have these package archive sources installed, how can I find the packages I need to install?

More generally, how do I find a list of packages stored or served by a given package archive?

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  • Only just started looking into this stuff myself, but it looks like Dell haven't put anything for 20.04 there yet. They're shipping XPS machines with 20.04 on now (not Precisions though, annoyingly) so you might be able to get the ready-to-go version of 20.04 from their support site: dell.com/support/home/en-uk?app=drivers Jul 18, 2020 at 18:53
  • Sorry, this is the bit of the support site you'll need to try, not the one I linked before: dell.com/support/home/en-uk/drivers/osiso Jul 18, 2020 at 18:58

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Please check it out: https://github.com/jules-ch/Ubuntu20-Setup-XPS13/blob/master/setup.sh It works for me

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    Nice find. It's a bit much to use as-it, but is a useful reference. Looks like the Dell Fossa repo's live now. Feb 23, 2021 at 13:17

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