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Create Your Own Ubuntu Packages with GiftWrap

Feb 02, 2011, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jun Auza)

"Most applications that you want on your Linux desktop are available as ready-made binaries. Distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora have become popular enough that most package developers have started shipping their packages as rpms and debs. However, there's always that one package that you want to install on your computer that is only available as a source release. For advanced users, installing a source release of an application is not a big problem. But, for novices it can be quite a daunting task. Also if you need to install the app in question on several computers it is easier to use a deb or rpm release.

"GiftWrap is a really cool tool that helps you create Ubuntu packages. Whether you are a system administrator or a package developer, you can use GiftWrap to make the installation of these apps easier for your users. Let's take a close look at how to install it on your computer, and then how to use it to create a Debian package."

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