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packages.sil.org - SIL repository for Ubuntu

Welcome to the SIL software repository for Ubuntu, designed to make it easy for you to find, install and keep current with language software, fonts, keyboards and distributable content from SIL. Packages with their descriptions (and dependencies) will be available directly from the Ubuntu Software Center or from similar tools like the Synaptic Package Manager.

Bear in mind that not every version of Ubuntu, or of derivatives like Wasta-Linux, will have SIL software available for it. SIL’s focus is mainly on Long-Term Support releases.

Instructions to install SIL software

Wasta-Linux

Wasta-Linux is already configured to be able to install SIL software. To install SIL software in Wasta-Linux, do the following.

  1. Click Menu in the lower-left and start typing software to search for and launch Software Manager. The Software Manager window will appear.
  2. In the search box in the upper right, enter the name of the software, such as fieldworks or wesay, and press Enter.
  3. In the list of software, double-click the appropriate software package, such as fieldworks or wesay. Click Install.
  4. If the installation seems to have stalled, check for an installation window behind the software manager windows.
  5. After installation is complete, click Menu at the lower left of the screen and type the name of the software, such as fieldworks or wesay, to search for and launch the software.

Ubuntu

Enable access to SIL software in Ubuntu

  1. Click the following link to download sil-repository.deb.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you are using the Firefox web browser, then when Firefox asks what to do with the file, specify to Open with Ubuntu Software Center and click OK.
    • If you are using the Chrome web browser, then at the bottom of your Chrome window, it asks what to do with the file. Click Keep.

      After the download completes, click the sil-repository.deb button at the bottom of the Chrome window.
  3. The Ubuntu Software Center window appears. On the right-hand side, click Install. Enter your password if prompted.
  4. After the installation completes, close the Ubuntu Software Center window.
  5. Click the Ubuntu icon at the upper left of the screen to open the Dash.
  6. Fetch the list of SIL software by doing one of the following:
    • If you are using Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty):

      Type update to search for and launch Software Updater.

      After the Software Updater window appears and checks for available software, close the Software Updater window.

      If Software Updater did not appear to check for available updates, then close it and launch Software Updater again in a few minutes.

    • If you are using Ubuntu 12.04 (precise):

      Type update to search for and launch Update Manager.

      The Update Manager window appears. Click Check.
      After it finishes checking for available software, close the Update Manager window.

Install SIL software in Ubuntu

  1. Click the Ubuntu icon in the upper-left to open the Dash. Type software to search for and launch the Ubuntu Software Center. The Ubuntu Software Center window will appear.
  2. In the search box in the upper right, enter the name of the software, such as fieldworks or wesay, and press Enter.
    If you can not find the search box, try making the Ubuntu Software Center window larger.
  3. In the list of software, click the appropriate software package, such as fieldworks or wesay, and then click Install.
  4. If the installation seems to have stalled, check for an installation window behind the Ubuntu Software Center windows.
  5. After installation is complete, click the Ubuntu icon in the upper-left to open the Dash. Type the name of the software, such as fieldworks or wesay, to search for and launch the software.

Manual way to enable access to SIL software in Ubuntu

You can manually configure your Ubuntu system to access the SIL software repository by doing the following.

  1. Right-click this link to the SIL repository public key, select Save Link As, choose a convenient place on your hard drive, such as Downloads, and click Save to download a temporary copy of the repository public key. This sil.gpg file can safely be deleted later.
  2. Click the Ubuntu icon at the upper left of the screen to open the Dash. Type software to search for and launch the Ubuntu Software Center. The Ubuntu Software Center window will appear.
  3. In the menu, choose Edit > Software Sources... The Software & Updates (or Software Sources) window will appear.
  4. Click the Authentication tab.
  5. Click Import Key File... Navigate to and select the sil.gpg file you downloaded and click OK. Enter your login password if prompted.
  6. In the Software & Updates (or Software Sources) window, click the Other Software tab.
  7. Click Add... The software-properties-gtk window will appear.
  8. In the APT line: box, copy and paste the following text, depending on what version of Ubuntu you are running.

    For Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty):
    deb http://packages.sil.org/ubuntu trusty main

    For Ubuntu 12.04 (precise):
    deb http://packages.sil.org/ubuntu precise main

    (If necessary, you can get help to find out which version of Ubuntu you have.)

  9. Click Add Source. Enter your login password if prompted.
  10. Close the Software & Updates (or Software Sources) window.
  11. Close the Ubuntu Software Center window.

Command-line instructions

You can also configure an Ubuntu or Wasta system using the terminal:

wget http://packages.sil.org/sil.gpg
sudo apt-key add sil.gpg
sudo apt-add-repository "deb http://packages.sil.org/ubuntu/ $(lsb_release -sc) main"
sudo apt-get update

Now you can search for and install SIL software using Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager or sudo apt-get install.