Getting Scribus on Ubuntu/Kubuntu up and running
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Repositories are provided for the majority of Debian and Ubuntu based systems. If you are uncertain which distribution you are running the file /etc/lsb-release will probably contain that information.
# debian.scribus.net - Primary repository deb http://debian.scribus.net/debian yourdistribution main deb-src http://debian.scribus.net/debian yourdistribution main
# debian.tagancha.org - Backup repository deb http://debian.tagancha.org/debian yourdistribution main deb-src http://debian.tagancha.org/debian yourdistribution main
Example for the current release of Ubuntu
If you are using the latest release of Ubuntu, your /etc/lsb-release should look similar to this:
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=10.04 DISTRIB_CODENAME=maverick DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 10.04"
Based on this information, using the primary site, the repositories you would add are:
deb http://debian.scribus.net/debian maverick main deb-src http://debian.scribus.net/debian maverick main
Kubuntu Graphical Example
An example of adding both repositories successfully to a system running breezy with Adept Manager.
- Go to KDE menu/System/Adept (Package Manager)
Ubuntu: System/Administration/Synaptic (Package Manager)
- In Adept go to Adept/Manage Repositories
Ubuntu: in Synaptic go to Settings/Repositories/New
- Add the following repositories one by one using the Add field and click on Apply:
Ubuntu: Fill the fields and use the OK button to add the following repositories:
Adding the repository key
Our repositories are cryptographically signed for added security. Add the gpg-keys for our repositories to avoid having to confirm your installation choice to the package manager each time you update a scribus or scribus-ng package.
On recent systems
# apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net EEF818CF
As a regular user:
$ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net EEF818CF
On older systems
# gpg --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net --recv-keys EEF818CF # gpg --armor --export EEF818CF | apt-key add -
As a regular user:
$ gpg --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net --recv-keys EEF818CF $ gpg --armor --export EEF818CF | sudo apt-key add -
Launch Adept (on Kubuntu) or Synaptic (on Ubuntu) and install the following packages:
- scribus – Scribus 1.3.3.x (stable branch) or
- scribus-ng – Scribus 1.3.x (development branch) scribus-ng package can be installed paralelly to the scribus package. Only available for lucid/maverick.
- scribus-template – developer and user-contributed additional templates
- scribus-doc – Scribus 1.3.3.x documentation, which has to be provided as a separate package due to its non-free nature by the Debian Free Software Guidelines
- scribus-ng-doc – Scribus 1.3.x documentation, which has to be provided as a separate package due to its non-free nature by the Debian Free Software Guidelines
- icc-profiles – a collection of common ICC profiles to use with Scribus and other color profile-aware software
- lprof – hardware color profiler that can be used to create color profiles for your hardware to be used with Scribus
- qt3-qtconfig – Ubuntu users are strongly advised to install this package for finetuning the Scribus GUI with their Gnome desktop
- gs-afpl – The AFPL Ghostscript PostScript interpreter, the Ghostscript version recommended by the Scribus team
Optionally, install the following high quality font packages:
Fine tuning Scribus
Default GUI font (Ubuntu users only)
- Launch gtconfig: ALT + F2 / enter "qtconfig" / hit Enter
- Go to Fonts tab and choose the font family and size to match your Gnome settings
External tools and additional fonts
- Launch Scribus and go to File/Preferences/External Tools
- PostScript Interperter: enter gs-afpl
- Image Processing Tool: gimp-remote
- Go to Fonts subsection and add/disable/enable additional fonts