Ubuntu packages

Still not online at home, which makes my installation of Ubuntu a week or so quite frustrating: there really isn’t much I can do with it. Still, Pipex will be providing me with 6mb/s broadband in a week or so, which is something to look forward to!

Was having a poke about on Ubuntu though last night. I browsed through the repository of applications I can download and install, and was surprised to see that the majority of them state that they are unavailable for my system. This includes standard apps like Gnumeric and Abiword.

Could this have anything to do with the fact that I wasn’t online at the time, or is there something I should know about being able to install packages on Ubuntu?


2 thoughts on “Ubuntu packages”

  1. I’m not sure why that has happened, I’m prepared to guess though. Perhaps the repository meta-data hasn’t been downloaded if you weren’t online when installing.

    If you are using synaptic (system -> administration -> synaptic package manager), you could try hitting the reload button?

    Do you have the repositories enabled? See https://help.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/desktopguide/C/extra-repositories.html though make sure you have enabled the ‘Main’ repository too.

  2. Oops, sorry, I didn’t read your post properly before replying. I’ve never came across that before, but it sounds like a reasonable assumption… If you still have problems when you get your DSL, you should stop in #ubuntu-uk on irc.freenode.net and see if someone can help you out.

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