What Is a PPA in Ubuntu, and How Do You Use It?
Very useful info for any new Ubuntu or Linux Mint users. Essentially a PPA can give you access to newer updates to existing applications in the default repositories, or allow you to install, and keep updated, applications not found in the repos. Beware though that these PPA sometimes can introduce instability depending on what PPAs you install.
PPA stands for Personal Package Archive, and in reality, it’s no different from any other Debian/Ubuntu repository. When you add a PPA to your Ubuntu system, you’re adding another software repository for your package manager to pull from.
Unless you tell it to do otherwise, Apt won’t differentiate or prioritize one repository over another. That means you can add a PPA with more updated packages to your system, and Apt will automatically use the newer packages instead of the default ones.
|What Is a PPA in Ubuntu, and How Do You Use It?
PPAs are convenient software repositories that make the lives of Ubuntu users much easier. Learn how they work.