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The packages from the the Debian and Ubuntu repositories are the standard way to obtain Scribus.

On Ubuntu, you can also use Daily builds of scribus-trunk packages made from the latest Scribus subversion trunk code.

See the installation instructions at scribus-trunk can be installed and used in parallel with the stable package.

Building from source

See Building Scribus from source on Debian/Ubuntu for more details.

The Scribus packages

There are following Scribus related packages in Debian and Ubuntu:

  • scribus (Scribus 1.4.x) - Stable branch. This is the recommended version to use at this time.
  • scribus-doc Scribus 1.4.x documentation.
  • scribus-ng (Currently this is a transitional dummy package; will contain Scribus 1.5.x after the first release in the 1.5svn branch) - Developmental branch with new features and capabilities. Use if you really need the new features in development, but save your work often and report bugs when you encounter them.
  • scribus-ng-doc (Currentl a transitional dummy package) Scribus 1.5.x documentation.

Additional data, color profiles, templates, and auxiliary applications:

  • scribus-template - Additional document templates.
  • icc-profiles - A collection of common ICC profiles to use with Scribus and other color profile-aware software. You must Install this package if you want to enable color management.
  • lprof Hardware color profiler tool for creating ICC profiles to be used with Scribus.
  • qt4-qtconfig allows users to configure the look and behavior of any Qt4 application - necessary to overcome some Ubuntu problems.
  • podofo is a library to work with the PDF file format. The scribus-ng packages in the Scribus Archive are podofo-enabled.

About this document

This how-to has been originally created for Scribus Wiki page by the following Scribus Wiki users: malex, mhanski, Zero0w, JureCuhalev, Cbradney, and Joolsr. This page is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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