If you want to help testing Scribus, if you want the newest Scribus version, if you want Scribus development version ("bleeding edge"), whatever the reason is, you can do it in Ubuntu by using Scribus Team PPA. You setup the PPA source in your system, install a version of Scribus from that PPA, and then use that Scribus version. This PPA is currently available for Ubuntu versions 14.04, 15.10, 16.04, 16.10, and 17.04.


WARNING


You have to be aware to this warning I copied from Scribus Team PPA page:
SCRIBUS FILES ARE NOT BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE!!
FILES SAVED WITH SCRIBUS-TRUNK OR SCRIBUS-NG CAN'T BE OPENED BY OLDER VERSIONS OF SCRIBUS ANYMORE!!
So based on this warning, you are better to:

  • do not install this PPA in your production system because it will replace your stable Scribus version with the development version
  • install this PPA only in non-production system, such as in a freshly installed Ubuntu
  • install this PPA only when you understand what you do

The Three Version Classes


Scribus software available at Scribus Team PPA are classified in three package names:

- scribus
- scribus-ng
- scribus-trunk

The package name scribus is the Scribus software in 1.4.x versions; the scribus-ng is 1.5.x; the scribus-trunk is the most latest version produced daily from source code. You may want one of these three names to install.


Install "scribus"


Open your Terminal and perform these three command lines one by one.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scribus/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scribus

Install "scribus-ng"


Open your Terminal and perform these three command lines one by one.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scribus/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scribus-ng

Install "scribus-trunk"


Open your Terminal and perform these three command lines one by one.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scribus/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scribus-trunk

How To Undo The PPA


To revert your Scribus PPA version (development) to the official repo version (stable), you need to delete the PPA setup and reinstall Scribus from official repo. To do it, run these command lines:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:scribus/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scribus

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