[scribus] Upgrading Scribus

Murray Strome wmstrome at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 11 23:00:17 CEST 2010

On Wednesday, August 11, 2010 3:57 AM, "Gerard Cunningham" <gerard at faduda.net> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I am using Ubuntu 10.04 on an old Acer Extensa 2000 laptop.

I'm using 10.04 on an old lenovo. Scribus should be in your
repositories. System|Administration|Synaptic Package Manager

And if you want the latest development version, see the instructions at

> Have been persevering with Scribus for a little while and decided
> maybe I should upgrade it to the version - so I downloaded this
> morning the Scribus file of some 14.4mb which opens out to
> a 60.1mb folder - great - but now what?
> How do I install it?
> I have opened and read the Install folder and the readme's - but, they throw
> up so many this & that's, if's & but's and so many dependencies - All I want
> is to be able to open & use the new program - why is everything surrounded
> in so much 'Fog.'
> Not too sure if it is all worth while, really.
> Time is money, even if the program is free!
> Ned

I am also using Kubuntu 10.04. I installed simply doing the update using Synaptic since that is the version now in the repository. I have also now installed 1.3.8. The instructions for installing 1.3.8 are quite straightforward -- you just add the repository entry, the GPG Key and search for Scribus. It will show the latest version. If you install it, you will have it as well as on your computer.

So far, 1.3.8 is nicer, but anything saved with it cannot be opened by the earlier version. 1.3.8 is somewhat different and it takes a bit of time to learn the new ways to do things. There are also a few bugs -- at least I think that is what they are. Furthermore, it does crash sometimes, so make sure that you save your document frequently so you don't lose much if it does so (good advice for just about any project on which you are working).

If you are installing from the Repository, you should not have to worry about dependencies, "what if's", etc.

I hope this helps.


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