apturl: Quick links for Ubuntu applications
I’d like to bring your attention to a little-used feature of Ubuntu which helps connect the web to the vast repository of software which is packaged for Ubuntu: apturl. It has been included in Ubuntu installations since 7.10 (Gutsy), but isn’t yet widely used on the web. Have a look at it and see if it might be useful to you.
Here are some examples of how you can use it:
- If you’re the maintainer of an application which is packaged in Ubuntu, add an apturl link to your site so that Ubuntu users can simply click to install it: If you’re running Ubuntu, check out Banshee
- If you’re the author of a how-to document, replace apt-get commands or Add/Remove instructions with a simple hyperlink: Step 1: To get started making screencasts, install gtk-recordmydesktop
- If you’re writing a blog post or other content where you make reference to an application, include an apturl link so that readers can follow along by installing it: I’m eagerly following the development of Gwibber in Karmic
It would be fantastic if someone came up with a “Get it for Ubuntu” image and a small, embeddable HTML fragment which could be used for these sorts of links. Meanwhile, please try it out and let us know what you think of it.
Update: WordPress completely destroys the apt: links in this post. Boo! Refer to the wiki pages for syntax examples.