Enchance Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid lynx and ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat repositories with Medibuntu

MedibuntuThe actual repositories of  Lucid Lynx and Maverick Meerkat contain all softwares you need for your ubuntu, from media players to graphics tools to games …and more, the installation now is getting more easy with the ubuntu software center where with a simple click you can find hondred of softwares and click to install, but if we look how many softwares we will have to add repositories and then add keys before to install, or the ones that we will have to download from official website of the software ? So many examples exist, like opera , google earth, w32codecs, skype , realplayer and more .

To make life easy, you need just to add Medibuntu repositories, so what is Medibuntu ?


Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues:

  • patentability of software, algorithms, formats and other abstract creation
  • legal restrictions on freedom of speech or communication
  • restrictions on the use of certain types of technical solution, such as cryptography
  • legal restrictions on imports of software technology, requiring for example specific permissions
  • etc.

Now after you adding Medibuntu repositories you will be able to install many software(Opera , Sun Java ,Acrobat Reader…) that are not included in the ubuntu software center and you will stop wasting time looking for for the right package and from where to download the package … because you will be able to install the package by simple typing :

sudo apt-get install xxx

 Medibuntu is available now for ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat. 

Now let`s see how to add Medibuntu repositories:

1- Add the Medibuntu repository.

echo deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ karmic free non-free | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

2- Add the verification key

wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3- Update the installation :

sudo apt-get update

4- Now you will be able to install softwares by simple using this command :

sudo apt-get install xxx

The second option is to add Medibuntu repositories by copying this command to your terminal :

sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list 
&& sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update

Links :

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  • Charles Gravada

    I’m running Ubuntu 9.10, and I get this error message when I do the wget:

    gpg: can’t open `–’: No such file or directory



    hi charles.
    please post in the forum your issue with full commands and logs , and we can follow with you how to solve this .

    unixmen supporter

  • zinovsky

    Just keep trying sometimes give this error when the server is too busy :)

  • Nobody in particular

    Had the same problem.

    Somehow the dash after “apt-key add” became a funny kind of dash on the webpage. Replacing it with a real dash by typing the dash on my keyboard worked for me.

  • Nobody in particular

    To be more precise: I had the same problem when copy-pasting from this page ;)

  • Billy

    try typing that in yourself, pasting it in a terminal will cause the lines to wrap incorrectly and the error.

  • zinovsky

    I found the problem, was the dash after apt-key .thank you
    Now everything is working fine :)

  • Murat Sevgil

    thank you very much for your help………..

  • Neil Mitchell

    Following this procedure in ubuntu 9.10 fresh install produces the following error message at the point where apt-get update is executed
    E: Type ‘

  • Neil Mitchell

    Now the system has truncated my error text

  • zinovsky

    can you please give me the output of the whole errors you got ?
    Sometime server is busy or not responding. so you need to keep trying , and sure will work

  • Tyler King

    heres the error that im getting… any fix?

    W: GPG error: http://packages.medibuntu.org karmic Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 2EBC26B60C5A2783

  • Zinovsky

    Can be something with the verification key, now i`m not behind ubuntu, i will check this evening and will see where is the problem

  • http://www.australainguy.com AustralianGuy

    You can try downloading medibuntu-keyring
    apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

    If you trust the site then this is how to add the key at the command line:
    sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys
    where is the number after NO_PUBKEY which in your case, Tyler was 2EBC26B60C5A2783

    I would be skeptical about trusting it if you can’t do it through [b]apt-get install medibuntu-keyring[/b] as they have always provided that package for their GPG signature.

  • http://www.australainguy.com AustralianGuy

    Forgot to mention, you can also try this big long command I pulled from an

  • localtwofour

    I have tried this four times and i receive this message every time "bash: syntax error near unexpected token `&&’"
    Can some one help i have only been using Ubuntu for a week so I’m a little overwhelmed

  • http://toplessvampires.com Dean

    It looks like you’re probably trying to do the part where is says:
    [b][i] second option is to add Medibuntu repositories by copying this command to your terminal :[/b][/i]
    And the problem is that It is supposed to be all one line of text but the word wrapping in my browser is turning it into two. You can just omit the "[b][i]&&[/i][/b]" part if that’s the case.

    Alternatively, and from the Ubuntu Community resource documentation, the same command in this blog post is also on this page where copying and pasting does work. Its the top section of "Adding The Repository" though the second part is not a bad idea either.

    If you get curious and read more than just the first part of the Community Documentation page then do [b][i]not[/i][/b] do the command under the heading "[b][i]Removing Non-Free Software[/i][/b]"

    If you get it done properly, be sure to install libdvdcss2 and either w32codecs or w64codecs (depending upon a 32 or 64 bit install of the OS) to get DVD playback as well as a good chunk of the codecs to be had.

    Good Luck