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    How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    Hi,


    Many people say that a Linux user should avoid adding PPAs if possible.
    But how much is too much? They are software with PPAs that do not have an equivalent in the repositories. I was wondering if I have too many PPAs. How many do you have ?

    I've got these:

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    I think that's a lot..
    How many PPAs do have have in your Sources ?

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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    Does google-chrome count?

    Otherwise, surprisingly none.

    But that doesn't mean I'm against the PPA system, it just means I'm totally fine with the packages provided in the repos as of now.

    I don't think you have too many. It just means you would rather have newer, or sometimes unavailable in the repo, packages.

    Nothing wrong with that.
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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    Quote Originally Posted by GameX2 View Post
    Hi,


    Many people say that a Linux user should avoid adding PPAs if possible.
    I ignore them, usually fear mongerings by ultra conservative users (the kind who tell you to only use LTS and hope that 10.04 will be supported for 100 years ). I have lots of ppas especially for multimedia stuffs for which the repo versions are not only outdated, but sometimes broken or otherwise crippled. I want new features and bug fixes rather than "stability" in the sense of predictability crippled or broken. IMO the risk is vastly exaggerated provided you use ppa only for end user applications but not system components (I have had issues with xorg-edgers in some machines but ppa-purge fixed it.
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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    I don't see why there would be a "maximal" number of installed PPAs...Do as you please, I also enjoy quite "a few" programmes that way

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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    all i expect to be using as of 13.04 are these
    xfce 4.12 (only has 1 pacakges last i checked for raring)
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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    I have been using theme PPAs the last few releases because I can shop from synaptic and view at pictures on gnome look. I am ruining the Unity Tweak Tool which has 13,04 source and use dockbarx on XFCE also . http://ppa.webupd8.org/post/45438344...u-13-04-raring. It possible one could end up with dependency problems if conflicting packages were installed.
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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    Apparently, I only have two.
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    Care to take a guess as to why? -_-
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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    More than a few...mostly to enable multimedia support on certain machines as well as a few apps that I need.

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    Re: How many PPAs do you have enabled ?

    The only one I have enabled is Gnome3 on 13.04 to get a sense of Gnome 3.8. I'm not against PPAs at all, but when I see random PPAs that aren't entirely necessary (such as a theme or something) I don't exactly think highly of that. PPAs for more core functionality is something I feel a bit differently about though.
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