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Introducing the Dapper-Commercial Repository July 8, 2006

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It is not the death of freedom in Ubuntu land, but it certainly is the birth of one kind of freedom – freedom of choice.

Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company has announced the dapper-commercial repository, where one will hopefully find packages released by commercial companies (read non-open-source) for use by Ubuntu users. Right now, all the repository has is Opera 9, and RealPlayer 10. Hopefully as time progresses, we will see more software, like, say, Skype, that are useful to users presently, though they are not open source, in this repository.

Some may say this is step backward for Ubuntu, but here’s some reasons this is not so, in my opinion:

1) The repositories are not Ubuntu repositories, they are on a seperate Canonical server. These repos are not included in Ubuntu by default, but users can add them if they like them. They are perfectly legal, with Canonical having laid the groundwork for distributing them.
2) I believe in freedom of choice – for me, I will use a superior product even if the source code is not free, if I feel like it! I am all for people making money off of their work, as long as they don’t start squashing or trashing other good things I like by wielding their power or influence. In short, let us all be, and we’ll probably like you, and even use you ;) Maybe I should think more about writing down the reasons why and when I’d use a non-open-source product, just for the heck of it.

So, friends, don’t worry, and be happy that you have more choices. If you’d like to start using the new repository, to get opera 9 or realplayer 10, then add the following line to your list of repositories:
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu dapper-commercial main
(I personally find it easiest to manually edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file and add the line in.
Then you need to do a $sudo apt-get update, and you are all set. You can install opera 9, for example, by doing a
$sudo apt-get install opera

Neat.
I love Opera by the way, and would use it as my only browser if only they figured out a way to let me synchronize my bookmarks between multiple computers.

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1. buntudot.org » Ubuntu Commercial Repos - July 8, 2006

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2. meneame.net - July 8, 2006

Introducción al repositorio Dapper-Commercial de Ubuntu…

Canonical se ha decidido a crear un repositorio de aplicaciones comerciales y que no son software libre. De momento solo podemos encontrar Opera 9 y Real Player 10 pero prometen ir incluyendo más aplicaciones comerciales en un futuro. Porque la lib…

3. Benjamin Huot - July 9, 2006

I like Opera too. It allows me to test whether or not my web designs conform to standards and that there are no errors in my code. It is great for troubleshooting HTML display problems. I also like its efficiency. I hope they eventually release it as open source. It could then give Firefox a “run for its money.”

4. Bruno Alves » Repositórios comerciais - July 9, 2006

[…] Acabei de saber de uma notícia fantástica! […]

5. T.J. - July 9, 2006

Why doesn’t shuttleworth just come out and say he is going to make an enterprise Ubuntu. Why does he insist on being a Debian. Making a proprietory Debian distro is not a bad thing but it is annoying to see Shuttleworth still try to act like a true blue debian.
He is going to use UBuntu to launch an enterprise server edition and he is going to sell properiety applications to Ubuntu users. To me it isn’t a big deal but his way of going about it makes me assume he is a devious person who thinks he can outsmart anyone.
If you know him, tell him to come out of the closet and say he has proprietary aims for ubuntu. Personaly I would like to see linux go mainstream and shutleworth’s distro appears to be the one to do it but he is goping to need money. So fine, make an enterprise server edition and sell support to it. Make proprietary applications available to ubuntu users for a fee and use that money to hire devs and develop an even better installer and maybe some drivers.
But stop going to debconf and stop talking like you are hardcore oss. That is unappealling and insulting to everyone who enjoys your product.
Noy everyone is linus but that doesn’t mean you have to be bill either.

6. havoc - July 9, 2006

You know, T.J., I started to just dismiss your comment, but then I thought, “You know… he’s right.”

I rent a server at Rackspace. I love Rackspace. I could save a lot of money by moving somewhere else, but I really, really like Rackspace for a lot of reasons. One thing that I’m starting to regret is that I can’t get Ubuntu installed on my server and supported by Rackspace. Having a Dapper server installation on that box would be too sweet. Until Canonical offers an “Enterprise” version with support, trainging and certification, that’s just a nice thought.

I don’t know if Mr. Shutleworth is trying to be be coy or snide or sneaky, but I would love to see an Enterprise version of Ubuntu with certification so that I could extend the Ubuntu goodness onto my production server!

7. Cole Mickens - July 9, 2006

Where can I find a list of the packages that will be offered through this and what advantage does this provide over other repositories that alreay have these packages

8. Fusiondog - July 9, 2006

I’ve actaully been considering Ubuntu server for my companies purposes and the business model seems to be almost soley support revenue driven. The dapper server release is marked LTS for long term support with the intention of supporting this distro release for 5 years. I believe it actually says on their site that they have no intention of ever charging for a license on the distro and that you only need to buy support for your production systems. It is the main way they are differentiating themselves from Redhat and SUSE. Yes they are trying to make an “Enterprise Class Linux” whatever specifically that catch phrase is suppossed to mean this week, but that doesn’t make him Bill Gates… By the way I also use flash player on my Ubuntu desktop does that make be like Bill too? Also who mentioned a fee? The realplayer and opera are free as in beer, both being adware. I don’t think you can get the pay versions through the apt-get repository. This is really not a big thing, just a little convienience added to make Ubuntu a bit more attractive as a distro. Their business model seems smart and ethical from my perspective:

Step 1) Make the best linux distro you can.
– Ubuntu is arguably the best out of the box linux desktop available right now. As a server its a better debian than Debian, really the best of both worlds. Also Shuttleworth is using his capital to make deals to get his distro certified in the same ways that Redhat and SUSE are to make Ubuntu are trustworthy alternative.

Step 2) Get it into as many hands and running on as many systems as possible.
– Having a great distro and then handing it out for free is a good start. In case you don’t know you can order free copies of Ubuntu to distribute as you wish.

Step 3) Offer quality support at a comparable price and SLA.
Assume that if steps 1 & 2 worked well that you’ll get a large number of people who’ll want to have support contracts on their production systems.

Step 4) Profit.

9. Wade Mealing - July 9, 2006

I dont think that is “the” havoc, as in havoc pennington.

Enterprise does not have to mean propritary though.

10. kalyank.net » Introducing the Dapper-Commercial Repository - July 9, 2006

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12. Olaf - July 9, 2006

Hi

“I love Opera by the way, and would use it as my only browser if only they figured out a way to let me synchronize my bookmarks between multiple computers.”

Is very easy – and works even with other browsers. I suggest you take a look on Sitebar ( http://sitebar.org )
It’s online-bookmarks. In my opinion it’s pretty “perfect”
a) integrates into browser very neatly (IE, FF, OP)
b) it does not matter that the bookmarks are saved on a server on the internet: Whenever you need them, you are probably online ;-)
c) OpenSource and therefor free
d) you have your bookmarks on every computer available you use to work on the internet with (even your friends …)
e) OS independant: Bookmarks available in every browser on every OS

Olaf

13. Napolihak » Blog Archive » Ubuntu apre alle applicazioni non opensource - July 9, 2006

[…] in una mossa che farà rabbrividire stallman, ma che farà felici gli utenti linux più pragmatici e meno idealisti (in questa categoria annovero anche lo stesso torvalds) Ubuntu ha decisio di aprire un repository ufficiale con applicazioni free non open source. Installare Real Player o Opera adesso è a portata di mano per qualunque utente. Sono queste le innovazioni che, col buon senso, avvicineranno gli utenti desktop ad usare linux. Ancora una volta ubuntu si conferma “linux for the human beings”. Technorati Tags: linux, ubuntu, open source, opera, real player, free software, desktop linux Posted by myst Filed in linux […]

14. Madrefocaine! - July 9, 2006

Ubuntu commercial…

E’ da poco uscito il Dapper Commercial-Repository, un repository per ubuntu contente software non opensource. L’uscita di questo repository sicuramente sar seguita da polemiche riguardanti la filosofia “open”, ma di certo poter…

15. Snakey’s WeBlog » Blog Archive » Ubuntu (Canonical) Decides to Offer Non-Open-Source Commerical Software!! - July 9, 2006

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16. Luke’s place » Blog Archive » Komercyjne repozytorium dla Ubuntu - July 9, 2006

[…] Z pewnością niektórzy powiedzą, że stworzenie takiego repozytorium jest przeciw filozofii Ubuntu ale ja myślę (podobnie jak autor bloga gdzie znalazłem tą informację), że daje to poprostu większy wybór użytkownikom tej dystrybucji. Bardzo wygodnie będzie korzystać z jednego źródła przy instalacji kilku programów non-free, zamiast szukać ich po sieci. Repo nie będzie domyślnie umieszczane w sources.list, konieczne jest dodanie go ręcznie. Explore posts in the same categories: Ubuntu […]

17. Criando Cuervos » Ubuntu crea el repositorio comercial - July 9, 2006

[…] Canonical ha decidido crear un nuevo repositorio para Ubuntu. Se trata del dapper-non-free, en el cual podras encontrar programas que no son software libre como Opera, RealPlayer o Skype. […]

18. Meio Bit - July 9, 2006

Ubuntu lana repositrio para software comercial

Notcia fresquinha no Ubuntu Blog. Citando a primeira frase no post… No a morte da liberdade na Terra do Ubuntu, mas certamente o nascimento de um tipo de liberdade: Liberdade de escolha mais um passo na profissionalizao…

19. stelt - July 9, 2006

Opera rules for its standards support (including my favorite, SVG).
This is another step closer for me switching to Linux.

20. cumic - July 9, 2006

With Osync you can syncronize your bookmarks (and another stuff like settings, mail, etc…) between one or more computers :P

http://my.opera.com/minisu/

21. tockar’s blog v1.1 » Ubuntu i komercyjne repozytorium. - July 9, 2006

[…] Jak można przeczytać na ubuntu blog, Ubuntu 6.06 dorobiło się w końcu osobnego repozytorium dla aplikacji, które nie są open source. Póki co znajduje się na nim Opera i Real Player.To zdecydowany krok naprzód. Nowi użytkownicy przesiadający się z Windowsa często nie rozumieją, dlaczego w Ubuntu brak jest w repozytoriach czy to Opery, czy to do niedawna javy. Teraz już takiego problemu nie będzie, a trudne poszukiwania kodeków w wersji .deb mam nadzieję, niedługo się skończą.Niech żyje Linux i wolność wyboru! […]

22. Fred.cpp y sus cosas » Blog Archive » Introducing the Dapper-Commercial Repository - July 9, 2006

[…] Leo en el blog no oficial de ubuntu que ha sido presentado oficialmente el nuevo repositorio de ubuntu que contiene aplicaciones comerciales. […]

23. Baykus » Ubuntu introduces commercial repository - July 9, 2006

[…] Well, it’s hardly a surprise : Canonical now offers non-free commercial software. For a while, there was talk of Linspire’s CNR being used for this purpose, which would of course encompass a lot more, including payments. But for the moment, to get around the icky topics of Opera and RealPlayer, Canonical have setup a new repo. […]

24. Hampton - July 9, 2006

I think this is a great step foreward for Linux in general.

Closed source software is allowed, but its a bit of a second class citizen. How it should be, IMHO.

-hampton.

25. A Blog of Very Little Brain » Free as in Not Free - July 9, 2006

[…] Sometimes you think maybe people are “getting it”. Sometimes you think we can lay off the Free Software pedal. Sometimes you think people like RMS are exaggerating, or are plain anal. And then you get a wake up call. […]

26. johnboy’s linux planet » Blog Archive » Ubuntu (Canonical) Decides to Offer Non-Open-Source Commerical Software!! - July 9, 2006

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27. » Archivo del weblog » Un PC con Linux por 40 $ - July 9, 2006

[…] Es una oferta de Izzys, que dice tener sólo 7 unidades en stock. Si hace muy poco recogíamos con estupor el anuncio de otro PC con Linux preinstalado por 80 $, ahora lo hacemos con todas las dudas imaginables: ¿restos descatalogados de serie?, ¿dinero negro?… En fin, que se trata de un PC que incluye monitor y teclado para ponerle la guinda a un pastel de por sí apetitoso: por lo que te cuesta una cena, te llevas un equipo PII a 400 Mhz con 64 Mb de RAM, 6 Gb de disco duro, lector de CDROM… Y encima de marca: Compaq. La publicidad del sitio lo presenta como “ideal como segundo o tercer ordenador” para aquellos usuarios que no quieran reparticionar el suyo con Windows. Barato, innegable. Un regalo, pero, ¿compensa meter un mueble como esto para mantener intacto el PC que uno ya tiene en casa? Bienevenidas de todas formas ofertas como esta. Así cualquiera se resiste a hacerse ubuntero. Por cierto, rumores de que Ubuntu (siempre original y heterodoxo) ofrecerá software no libre en un repositorio de Dapper. […]

28. Keith - July 9, 2006

In my opinion, that is a good cause for the Ubuntu community. Previously I would need to re-compile my Realplayer in order to get it to work in Ubuntu. Now, with this repository, all I need is an apt-get. Great work!

29. ubuntu_demon’s blog » Blog Archive » dapper-commercial repository - July 9, 2006
30. De IT y cosas peores » Repositorio de Ubuntu para aplicaciones no libres - July 10, 2006

[…] La nota original en Ubuntu Blog.   […]

31. angel - July 10, 2006

Opera it’s a nice browser. How can i install songbird on ubuntu?

32. The Linux Action Show! Podcast » Blog Archive » The Linux Action Show - Episode 5 - MP3 - July 10, 2006

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33. The Linux Action Show! Podcast » Blog Archive » The Linux Action Show - Episode 5 - OGG - July 10, 2006

[…] This weeks Links: Dapper-Commercial Repository Blog Post […]

34. bensKnowledgeBlog / [ubuntu] opera now in dapper-commercial - July 10, 2006
35. Sam Ruby - July 10, 2006

Dapper-Commercial Repository

ubuntonista: What would it take to get DB2 in that repository?

36. Joomla Template Designer - July 10, 2006

good. now i can use apt-get to to download commercial apps too!
Does anyone know what apps are included here or where i could “browse” the files in the repository?

37. Peter van de Pol - July 10, 2006

Good statement. Nothing wrong with using good “commercial” software. Actually: I am using crossover office to run some Windoze-only programs I can’t do without.

38. eduardoapolinario - July 10, 2006

Well, if the problem is to synchronize your bookmarks, why don´t you experiment del.icio.us?

39. ubuntonista - July 10, 2006

Regarding bookmarks syncing – osync seems to be for windows machines only. I would much rather keep the bookmarks in the browser than using delicious – using Ctrl+D to add a bookmark can’t be beat, and this way, I can search and use the bookmarks with less effort.

40. Kmilo - July 10, 2006

Havoc:

Canonical offers support: http://www.ubuntu.com/support/paid
and certification: http://www.ubuntu.com/partners/certification/pro
but I don’t know anything about training except for the certification one: http://www.lpi.org/en/faq4.html#4.1

41. Cello Fellow - July 10, 2006

Lets get the Google apps in there: Google Earth, WINE Picasa. That’s the kind of thing that they’re putting in there, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I can’t use apt-get to get Google software, but I should be able to soon.

42. JustAnotherUselessBlog » Blog Archive » Ubuntu (Canonical) Decides to Offer Non-Open-Source Commerical Software - July 10, 2006

[…] Canonical, Ubuntus parent company has announced the dapper-commercial repository, where one will hopefully find packages released by commercial companies (read non-open-source) for use by Ubuntu users. Currently Opera and Realplayer are available.read more | digg story […]

43. Like Your Work » Blog Archive » links for 2006-07-11 - July 11, 2006

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44. Fleeting Thoughts » links for 2006-07-11 - July 11, 2006

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45. iranyonline - July 11, 2006

فصل اول :
هدفهاي رفتاري : پس از مطالعه اين فصل از فراگير انتظار مي رود :

1. با ساختار حلقه ها آشنا شود .
2. ساختار دستورات شرطي را بداند.
3. آشنايي با انواع روالها و نحوه استفاده از آنها در بيسيك را بداند.

مقدمه :
براي كار در محيط ويژوال بيسيك آشنا بودن با زبان بيسيك و روش برنامه نويسي با آن امري لازم وضروري است . در اين بخش مروري بر ساختارهاي كنترلي و تكرار ، همچنين طريقه ايجاد و استفاده از توابع در محيط QBasicرا خواهيم داشت .دو محيط QBasic و [1]VB ، بطور كامل از هم جدا بوده و حتي از لحاظ ماهيتي نيز تفاوت دارند بطوري كه QBasic در سيستم عامل DOS و ويژوال بيسيك در محيط ويندوز اجرا مي شوند ، با اين حال چون از لحاظ ساختاري تشابهات زيادي بين آنها وجود دارد در ابتداي كتاب ،مختصراً در مورد آنچه قبلا خوانده ايد مطالبي را خواهيم آورد.

1-1- ساختار كنترلي ( If/Then/Else ) :
يكي ازدستورات مهم برنامه نويسي به زبان QBasic دستور شرطي If مي باشد. شكل كلي دستور If بصورت زيراست :
If Condition Then
Statements
End if
Condition يك عبارت يا متغير شرطي با مقدارTrue يا False است . در صورتي كه مقدار Condition برابر True باشد دستورات بين if وEndif اجراخواهد شد. اگرتعداد دستورات ( Statements ) شامل يك دستورالعمل باشدميتوان دستور شرطي را بصورت خلاصه تر نوشت :
if Condition Then Statement
البته شكل كامل تر دستور If به شكل زير مي باشد:
If Condition Then
Statements1
Else
Statements2
Endif
در صورت درست بودن شرط (Condition) دستورات Statement1 و در غير اين صورت (نادرست بودن شرط) دستورات Statement2 اجرا خواهند شد .
همانطوري كه مي دانيد از دستور if بصورت تودرتونيز استفاده مي شود در اين دستورات هر Else و Endif به نزديكترين if متناظر تعلق دارند.
مثال: مي خواهيم دستورالعملهايي بنويسيم كه اگر مقدار ذخيره شده در متغير chk زوج باشد پيغام “Even” و در غير اين صورت ( فرد بودن متغير) پيغام “odd” را چاپ نمايد .
If chk mod 2=0 then
Print “Even”
Else
Print “odd”
End if
مثال: برنامه زير مشخص كننده تعداد ريشه هاي يك معادله درجه دوم مي باشد كه داراي ضرايب a و b و c مي باشد:
Delta = ( b ^ 2 ) – ( 4 * a * c )
Print ” Number of roots is = ” ;
If delta = 0 then
Print “1”
Else if delta > 0 then
Print “2”
Else
Print “0”
End if
2-1- دستور انتخابي Select Case :
اگر تعداد شرطهاي يك مسئله زياد باشد ، بجاي استفاده از If هاي تودرتو از دستور انتخابي Select Case استفاده مي كنيم .
شكل كلي اين دستور به صورت زير است :
Select case Expression
Case Expression match1
Statements
Case Expression match2
Statements
.
.
.
Case Expression match n
Statements
[Case else
Statements ]
End select

در اين ساختار مي توان به تعداددلخواه و بسته به شرايط برنامه مورد نظر ، شرط را توسط تعيين مقدار Expression در مقابل دستورات Case استفاده كرده، به ازاء هر مورد بلوك دستورات مربوطه(Statements) را جهت اجرا قرار داد. در پايان دستورات به اختيار مي توان از دستور Case else نيز استفاده كرد، كه در اين صورت اگر هيچ كدام از مقادير موجود در Case ها با مقدار Expression ساختار برابر نباشد ، دستورات بعد از Case else اجرا مي شود.
نكته اي كه بايد به آن توجه داشته باشيد يكسان بودن نوع داده ها در Expression وExpression match ها مي باشد.

مثال : برنامه اي كه يك عدد را بعنوان شماره روز هفته گرفته ونام آن روز را چاپ كند:
Print “Enter no. of day = ” ;
Input intday
Select Case intday
Case 1
Print “Sunday”
Case 2
Print “Monday ”
Case 7
Print “Saterday”
Case else
Print “The no. of day is invalid!try again!! ”
End Select

در ساختار Select case مي توان بجاي استفاده از Expression match ، از عملگرهاي is وTo نيز استفاده نمود .به مثال زير توجه كنيد:
Select Case no
Case is

46. casa umbria - July 11, 2006

I agree with you, freedom of choice is important! I hope to see Skype and openwengo on commercial repos ASAP!!!

47. Biologeek : Ubuntu, bio-informatique et geekeries libres d'un bio-informaticien au quotidien. - July 11, 2006

Ubuntu et dpts Canonical : installez les applications commerciales Opera 9 et Realplayer 10 simplement

Je suis tonn que l’information n’aie pas encore fait le tour de la blogosphre, des dpts Canonical sont maintenant disponibles pour certaines applications commerciales.

deb…

48. John’s blog » Blog Archive » New repository for commercial software in Ubuntu - July 11, 2006

[…] From the Ubuntu blog: It is not the death of freedom in Ubuntu land, but it certainly is the birth of one kind of freedom – freedom of choice. […]

49. Brian McKenna Weblog Archive » Possible Ubuntu Features - July 11, 2006

[…] This doesn’t seem very much in the ‘Ubuntu spirit’ (however, neither does this) but I still find it interesting. Basically it’s a simple interface for companies to sign up and use 24/7 technical support. Supposedly, a business needs reliable technical support as it can’t trust the average Joe on a forum. What’s more interesting is that there’s already a beta available (I haven’t tried it, but to install it just download and run this file). […]

50. anon - July 12, 2006

jesus, you like using commas.

go learn english

51. ubuntonista - July 12, 2006

Anon, you seem to eschew capitalization with the same fervour with which I use commas – let’s learn english together, shall we? :)

52. Limulus - July 12, 2006

Cole Mickens (comment #7) wrote:

> Where can I find a list of the packages that will be offered through this

As the article noted, “Right now, all the repository has is Opera 9, and RealPlayer 10. Hopefully as time progresses, we will see more software”

> and what advantage does this provide over other repositories that alreay have these packages

Compared to say, the PLF, these are ‘legal’ packages (that is, Canonical has the right to redistribute them) and Canonical is maintaining them (I’ve noticed the PLF can be a little slow in getting the most recent versions)

Cello Fellow (comment #42) wrote:

> Lets get the Google apps in there: Google Earth, WINE Picasa. That’s the kind of thing that they’re putting in there, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I can’t use apt-get to get Google software, but I should be able to soon.

Actually, for Picasa, as per http://picasa.google.com/linux/faq.html#5b just add this line to your sources.list file:

deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free

Hopefully they’ll add more programs to their repository in the future and/or get them into dapper-commercial :)

53. UbuntuOS » Blog Archive » Ubuntu (Canonical) Decides to Offer Non-Open-Source Commerical Software!! - July 13, 2006

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54. Chris Lees - July 13, 2006

If RealNetworks and the Opera folks had their own repositories for Ubuntu, everyone would be congratulating them for making their software so easy to install.

But because Canonical is running the repository, it’s all “Mark Shuttleworth is Bill Gates”. Grow up, people.

55. vikkilea - July 13, 2006

Hey, I just used this today to install Opera, but I got it off another site :D

56. Daniele Medri - July 14, 2006

I don’t think that commercial repository is bad. “closed” software is not part of the main distribution and is not installed by default. This is freedom of choice, freedom to follow a clean or dirty way. IMHO commercial applications could offer features that free software *actually* can’t, but is a temporary gap. Nothing else.

My only concern of commercial repository is the mode to use this. Is not so easy find what is commercial and not. Please, ubuntuers.. make a lift on your software updater.

57. Matteo Lucchesi’ s blog » Blog Archive » Repository con applicazioni NON open source… - July 15, 2006

[…] Ubuntu ha decisio di aprire un repository ufficiale con applicazioni free non open source. Da oggi è possibile installare Real Player o Opera . Sono queste le innovazioni che, col buon senso, avvicineranno gli utenti desktop ad usare linux. […]

58. pvdg - July 16, 2006

Ubuntu already distributes non-free software (unsupported) through the restricted and multiverse repositories (even Debian does the same). Anyone is free to set up a repository with additional software: the PLF, for example, provides sofware that is illegal in some strange countries like the US ;-) and fortunately legal almost everywhere.

I don’t like it and wouldn’t use it, but there seems to be no ground for preventing a company from having a repository of commercial software that can be used in ubuntu, even if that involves a fee.

I do object, however, to Canonical selling an “entreprise” or whatever version of ubuntu, because it was an early promise of ubuntu and Shuttleworth that ubuntu would always be free. If anyone wants to set up another paid linux distribution, don’t call it ubuntu, and don’t mix its development with that of ubuntu.

59. Las Noyas de Taran - July 20, 2006

[…] Sí, sé que es una noticia (muy) vieja, pero os tocará leer unas cuantas de estas durante un buen tiempo xD Resulta que Canonical ha decidido poner a la disposición de los usuarios de Ubuntu un repositorio que contiene aplicaciones cerradas como Opera o RealPlayer, listas para ser descargadas y usadas vía apt-get. Para usarlo solo tenéis que añadir a la lista de repositorios (vía Synpatic, por ejemplo) la línea: deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu dapper-commercial main ¿Es bueno o malo esto? Hombre, en principio es bueno poder tener todo tipo de aplicaciones gratuitas a tu disposición. Hay gente que cree que la libertad es para todos los programas, y otros piensan que la libertad es para elegir lo que quieres usar. Yo opino que es una buena idea siempre que no esté activada de base en la instalación de Ubuntu, así tendríamos todos un sistema libre de primeras y luego que cada cual haga lo que quiera. Fuente: Ubuntu Blog […]

60. darrensnospam - July 22, 2006

I’m still waiting for someone to release a DVD player I can purchase for Ubuntu.

61. Stoffe - July 30, 2006

Totally agree on the Google apps in commercial if they can’t be anywhere else.

62. Brent - July 30, 2006

Some of us actually like some commercial software like Opera, for example. Picasa for Linux, should be next to be in the commercial repository.

It would be unwise to put a purist vision before freedom of choice, which is what Ubuntu is all about anyway, is it not?

Yahoo, needs to update its messenger software for Linux, because it is way too old to use anymore. It still works, but it is soooo ugly. This could also be included.

Other companies should take heed and pay attention to what some companies are doing with software like Opera and RealPlayer10; keeping up-to-date versions of their software for Linux. When they release a new version of the software, the Linux version is also new.

I really think that there is a future in this. This gives companies an excuse to make their software available for Linux, and also shows them that there is a real demand for it.

This is a good thing. Now watch it grow.

63. Casper Labuschagne - July 31, 2006

Excellent!!!!

This IS a big part of the future!

I have been a highly satisfied Ubuntu user for 14 months (three releases now), but before that I had spent multiples of tens of thousands on commercial software (for that other OS) over a decade.

I am not adverse to paying for software. What I do appreciate is running the best available, and many open source packages are great, and much appreciated, but there are gaps.

There are even commercial *nix packages without Ubuntu versions, and if this site can help them to release Ubuntu packages, all the better.

Two commercial *Nix packages that are on my personal shopping list are:

QCAD Professional
Cubit Accounting (this package sorely needs an ubuntu package for easy installation!!!)

I firmly believe that there is a market for good quality commercial packages in Linux. What do I miss most? Flash, Dreamweaver and a style sheet editor such as TopStyle.

64. Anthony - August 6, 2006

I was just earlier thinking about whatever happened to CNR being put on Ubuntu. I like this new repo since I use Opera on all my computers and I can now put it onto Ubuntu through a Canonical repo. What I’d really love to see is a way to pay for easy install for commercial Linux games (UT200X), similar to CNR, for Ubuntu, so I know it will work well and not need any extra config

65. Sinbad - August 13, 2006

It would be good to get the closed-source Google apps like Picasa and Google Earth in this repository – I don’t know of an open source equivalent to something like Google Earth at the moment.

66. Olivier Ansaldi - August 15, 2006

Reading your comment about Opera’s bookmarks, made me think about the Flock browser. It is derived from Firefox 1.5 and uses del.icio.us (or shadows) to keep your bookmarks, making it ideal for people working on multiple computers.

67. Linux Unix » Ubuntu (Canonical) Decides to Offer Non-Open-Source Commerical Software!! - September 1, 2006

[…] Canonical, Ubuntu â��s parent company has announced the dapper-commercial repository, where one will hopefully find packages released by commercial companies (read non-open-source) for use by Ubuntu users… So is that a good thing, or is it the beginning of something bad? I’m all for more choice!read more | digg story […]

68. yitz - September 16, 2006

Chris Lees: Opera has had its own Debian/Ubuntu repository for 5+ years – deb.opera.com.

http://www.opera.com/support/search/supsearch.dml?index=841

Fusiondog: Opera hasn’t been adware for a year. It is entirely free (as in beer), and is paid for through Google searches (just like Firefox for Mozilla Corporation).

69. 狗爺語錄 » 下載 Ubuntu 的常用非自由軟件 - October 20, 2006

[…] 這個其實算是自己的書籤,多於為了和所有人分享,因為不少地方都已經有提及。但如果想看下去的話,先小人後君子,警告一下:絕對堅持甚麼都要自由軟件的人不要看下去,這篇網誌不是給衛道人士看的,而是給真正想使用 Linux 來工作或享受的用家看的。衛道人士請寫信給諸如 Microsoft、Apple 等大公司要求它們將 Windows Media Player、Quicktime 等軟件公開源碼和放棄所有相關的專利,不要問我為甚麼貼這篇東西出來。我只是簡簡單單地想用軟件,看想看的影片,聽想聽的歌,僅此而已。 […]

70. Carnet de note » Blog Archive » La gestion des dépôts - October 26, 2006

[…] Suite à cette annonce, Canonical a ouvert un nouveau dépôt nommé dapper-commercial qui contient des logiciels commerciaux. Pour le moment, il n”y a qu”Opera 9 et RealPlayer10 qui sont disponibles, mais d”autres vont suivre (cf. ce lien). Cela va simplifier grandement la procédure pour installer ces logiciels ! […]

71. minisu - October 27, 2006

ubuntonista: oSync works with Linux aswell now, http://osync.sf.net

72. Carnet de notes » Erreur GPG - November 14, 2006

[…] Dépôt commercial officiel Suite à cette annonce, Canonical a ouvert un nouveau dépôt nommé dapper-commercial qui contient des logiciels commerciaux. Pour le moment, il n”y a qu”Opera 9 et RealPlayer10 qui sont disponibles, mais d”autres vont suivre (cf. ce lien). Cela va simplifier grandement la procédure pour installer ces logiciels !Il suffit d”ajouter cette ligne à votre sources.list : […]

73. WFS - December 1, 2006

It would be good to get the closed-source Google apps like Picasa and Google Earth in this repository. like at http://www.trfc.info

74. Fabin Rodrguez » SugarCRM disponible pour Ubuntu - January 24, 2007

[…] de la disponibilit d’Opera dans le dpt commercial de Canonical en juillet 2006 – L’annonce du dpt commercial sur Le blog d’Ubuntu sur WordPress.com – Daniel Robitaille se demande si le […]

75. Macbuntu? :: Czytelnia - March 31, 2007

[…] kombajn do zarządzania posiadanymi plikami muzycznymi. iTunes ma pojawić się w repozytoriach commercial wraz z wydaniem FF 7.04, a więc już za niespełna 3 tygodnie. Użytkownicy Linuksa do tej pory ze […]

76. Vasil Vangelovski - August 10, 2007

Thanx for this post, carhik. My xUbuntu installation aked for Opera. The default Firefox appears to be buggy.

77. hazım - May 27, 2008

Reading your comment about Opera’s bookmarks, made me think about the Flock browser. It is derived from Firefox 1.5 and uses del.icio.us (or shadows) to keep your bookmarks, making it ideal for people working on multiple computers. http://www.goruntuluchatt.tr.gg

78. sim - June 5, 2008

If RealNetworks and the Opera folks had their own repositories for Ubuntu, everyone would be congratulating them for making their software so easy to install.

But because Canonical is running the repository, it’s all “Mark Shuttleworth is Bill Gates”. Grow up, people.

79. ligtv izle - October 21, 2008

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80. ligtv izle - October 21, 2008

nolduinstall.

But because Canonical is running the repository, it’s all “Mark Shuttleworth is Bill Gates”. Grow up, people

81. ingalex - March 24, 2009

Ici vous pouvez trouver un site où il y a beaucoup de sources.list pour Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian: http://www.sourceslist.eu

82. Sağlık Bilgilendirme portalı - April 2, 2010

Thank you for the opportunity you gave. Good luck ………..

83. porno sikiş - September 27, 2010

Where can I find a list of the packages that will be offered through this and what advantage does this provide over other repositories that alreay have these packages

84. sex sikiş - September 28, 2010

I like Opera too. It allows me to test whether or not my web designs conform to standards and that there are no errors in my code. It is great for troubleshooting HTML display problems. I also like its efficiency. I hope they eventually release it as open source. It could then give Firefox a “run for its money.”

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