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We have set up a few PPAs (Personal Package Archive) so that Ubuntu users can easily install some applications which are either not yet available in the Ubuntu repositories or the Ubuntu repositories only provide an old version.

Check out the latest WebUpd8 PPAs news / latest uploads @ http://ppa.webupd8.org/

So far, these PPAs are available:

Oracle Java JDK 6/7/8 Installer PPA - https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/java - easily install the latest Oracle Java JDK 7 (automatically downloads and installs Oracle JDK). Update: now the PPA also has Oracle JDK6 and JDK8 packages.

Nemo PPA (with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies): https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/nemo

Brackets PPA (an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript): https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/brackets

Pulseaudio with built-in system-wide Equalizer support: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/pulseaudio-eq

Themes PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/themes - the best GTK/Icon themes that do not have a PPA.

Experiments PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/experiments - Nautilus 3.4 with SolusOS patches including for Ubuntu 13.04, Xfwm4 with sync to vblank support.

GNOME 3 PPA: contains various GNOME 3 applications / extensions, for Ubuntu 12.04 and/or 11.10:
- Official GNOME Shell extensions: for Ubuntu 12.04 | Ubuntu 11.10
- Classic Systray, Message Notifier, Notesearch extensions
- Window Buttons extension
- Autohide Top Bar and Window Overlay Icons GNOME Shell extensions
- GNOME Shell Weather, System Monitor, MediaPlayer, GPaste extensions
- GNOME Shell Global Menu (Ubuntu 11.10 only)
- more!

Sublime Text 2 PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/sublime-text-2 - Sublime Text 2 is an amazing TextMate-like text editor.

Sublime Text 3 PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/sublime-text-3

Tor Browser Bundle PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/tor-browser

Tribler:  https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/tribler

Tiny Tiny RSS PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/tt-rss

UMPlayer: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/umplayer

PuddleTag: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/puddletag - Puddletag is an awesome mp3tag-like audio tag editor for Linux.

Y PPA Manager: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/y-ppa-manager - provides the latest Y PPA Manager and YAD

VideoLan Movie Creator (VLMC) daily builds PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/vlmc

gThumb: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/gthumb - holds the latest gThumb 3.0.x for Ubuntu 12.04 and 11.10 as well as newer versions than in the official repositories for Ubuntu Lucid, Maverick and Natty

Rhythmbox: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/rhythmbox

WebUpd8 Unstable PPA: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/unstable - this PPA will hold various unreleased / git packages (thus unstable). An example package would be Go-mtpfs from GIT which can be used to mount Android 4.0 devices which don't support USB Mass Storage, in Ubuntu. The latest laptop-mode-tools is also available in this PPA.

Jupiter: discontinued - https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/jupiter - a GNOME applet that can be used to switch between maximum and high performance and power saving mode, change the resolution and orientation, enable or disable the bluetooth, touchpad, WiFi and so on. It works for both netbooks and laptops.

Haguichi: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/haguichi - an Hamachi GUI.

The main WebUpd8 PPA: https://launchpad.net/~nilarimogard/+archive/webupd8 - this is a PPA used to provide lots of stable, newer applications (than the Ubuntu versions). The only slightly unstable package in this PPA is gThumb which even though is usually not from GIT, it is still considered unstable because it's a development branch.
The WebUpd8 main PPA currently holds:

- AP-Hotspot (script to set up a wireless hotspot (Access Point Mode) that supports Android
- libvdpau-va-gl (useful to get Adobe Flash Player hardware acceleration on Intel graphics)
- Pidgin Indicator - Ubuntu AppIndicator for Pidgin
- Prime Indicator (Ubuntu AppIndicator for Nvidia Optimus users running Ubuntu 14.04 which allows users to quickly switch between Intel and Nvidia graphics cards)
-Grive (Google Drive Linux client)
-Avant Window Navigator for Ubuntu 12.10
-Audacious 3
-Dropbox Share
- Calise (sets screen backlight based on ambient brightness)
- Emerald Window Decorator
-FBMessenger - Facebook Messenger for Linux
-Window Applets
- Wimlib (ImageX / DISM alternative to manipulate WIM files in Linux)
-MDM Display Manager
-Nautilus Columns
-System-wide Pulseaudio Equalizer
-Rosa Media Player
- TextAdept ((a fast, cross-platform text editor that comes with GTK and Ncurses interfaces)
-Unity Reboot
-DockbarX (along with a themes package and awn-applet-dockbarx)
-AWN Applet Radio and AWN Applet WM
-GIMP 2.6.11
-Gnome Subtitles
-gThumb (also available in a stand-alone PPA - see above)
-Mintmenu (also available in a stand-alone PPA - see above)
-Subtitle Editor
-Talika (also available in a stand-alone PPA - see above)
- youtube-dl (download videos from TouTube and many other websites)
- more!

Even though I say "we", every PPA above (and package) has been set up by just one person, so be gentle if you encoutner any bugs.