getting packages info on Ubuntu

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Recently we’ve decided to move all our CentOS 5 server installations to a more modern, and bioinformatics friendly, environment. So the choose was on Ubuntu, in it’s 12.04 LTS version.

Some commands are different, especially those for exploring packages, their releases and such.

For example to see what packages install $something now I do a:

sudo apt-file search $package

while to see a package’s details, for example nano, I give a:

sudo apt-cache show nano

Package: nano
Priority: standard
Section: editors
Installed-Size: 604
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers 
Original-Maintainer: Jordi Mallach 
Architecture: amd64
Version: 2.2.6-1
Replaces: pico
Provides: editor
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.11), libncursesw5 (>= 5.7+20100313), dpkg (>= 1.15.4) | install-info
Suggests: spell
Conflicts: pico
Breaks: alpine-pico (<= 2.00+dfsg-5)
Filename: pool/main/n/nano/nano_2.2.6-1_amd64.deb
Size: 194014
MD5sum: ce845269d2dac9b74ab02bd4f874beed
SHA1: 79a41964d1b14a2a0eb700b54e474e00b9d5de08
SHA256: a8dba08696a1ffdfbb15b617880b2b7bbe05ac9f7d690574000fe569b2298efa
Description-en: small, friendly text editor inspired by Pico
 GNU nano is an easy-to-use text editor originally designed as a replacement
 for Pico, the ncurses-based editor from the non-free mailer package Pine
 (itself now available under the Apache License as Alpine).
 .
 However, nano also implements many features missing in pico, including:
  - feature toggles;
  - interactive search and replace (with regular expression support);
  - go to line (and column) command;
  - auto-indentation and color syntax-highlighting;
  - filename tab-completion and support for multiple buffers;
  - full internationalization support.
Homepage: http://www.nano-editor.org/
Description-md5: b7e1d8c3d831118724cfe8ea3996b595
Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
Origin: Ubuntu
Supported: 5y
Task: standard, kubuntu-active

That’s all (for now).

EOL reached for Ubuntu 8.04, 10.04, 11.10

Ubuntu

Hardy Heron

Yesterday was a big day for Ubuntu community since three main desktop releases reached their End Of Life. For Hardy Heron (8.04) servers it’s urgent to upgrade to Lucid Lynx (10.04 LTS) –at least– to benefit of other two more years of updates.

DoudouLinux

FLOSS, Ubuntu
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DoudouLinux is specially designed for children to make computer use as easy and pleasant as possible for them (and for their parents too!). DoudouLinux provides tens of applications that suit children from 2 to 12 years old and gives them an environment as easy to use as a gaming console. Kids can learn, discover and have fun without Dad and Mum always watching!

Seems a nice project to keep an eye on, don’t you think ?

Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin. In order to enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created.
-Ida P. Rolf

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.04, code-named “Natty Narwhal”. 11.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

For PC users, Ubuntu 11.04 supports laptops, desktops and netbooks with a unified look and feel based on a new desktop shell called “Unity”.
This version supersedes Ubuntu Netbook Edition for all PC netbooks.

Developer reference images are provided for select Texas Instruments (TI) ARM platforms, specifically the “PandaBoard” and “BeagleBoard”.

Ubuntu Server 11.04 has made it easier to provision servers, and reduce power consumption. Ubuntu Server 11.04 for UEC and EC2 has a new kernel and improved initialization and configuration options.

Read more about the features of Ubuntu 11.04 in the following press releases:

Standard maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 11.04 for 18 months, through October 2012.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is available in 43 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-11.04-translation-stats.html

Ubuntu 11.04 is also the basis for new 11.04 releases of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu:

To Get Ubuntu 11.04
To download Ubuntu 11.04, or obtain CDs, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Users of Ubuntu 10.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 11.04 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/upgrade

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues. They are available at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes

Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:

http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/whats-new
http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/features

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

#ubuntu on irc.freenode.net
http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users
http://www.ubuntuforums.org/
http://askubuntu.com/

Helping Shape Ubuntu
If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways 

you can participate at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate/

About Ubuntu
Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, 

netbooks and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional services including support are available from Canonical and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/support

More Information
You can find out more about Ubuntu and about this release on our website:

http://www.ubuntu.com/

To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu’s
very low volume announcement list at:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-announce/

Kate Stewart,
on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

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