Your Ubuntu is ready for daily, professional GIS work. Getting started -- it's just a matter of minutes. After adding the UbuntuGIS repository corresponding to their distribution (in sources.list), you can easily install on your machine each of the GIS applications listed below (in brackets the package name), through the Synaptic Package Manager or typing sudo apt-get install program-name from the command line, just like any other package.
Issue Tracker and Official Wiki
PPA (Personal Package Archives):
IRC -- We share the irc://irc.oftc.net#debian-gis channel with the Debian GIS project.
Packages List -- list of packages in, or proposed for, Ubuntu
Q: Is UbuntuGIS another, separate, distribution? Or a subset of packages that I can install as a whole on my machine? Or an external repository?
A: An external repository (PPA). UbuntuGIS is a repository that can be added in your sources.list which will provide up to date packages.
Q: Do you just repackage the DebianGIS packages?
A: Basically, yes. We rebuild/adapt the DebianGIS packages in the different Ubuntu distributions.
Q: Can I install DebianGIS packages on Ubuntu?
A: You can try, but it's not recommended. Ubuntu and Debian have source compatibility (e.g. they are built from the same sources), but binary compatibility is not guaranteed to work. Add to this that many packages may have different names due to different compile environments, and you'll see it can be a bit frustrating. However, it might work for you if you manage to tweak the packages to work.
For developers and packagers
UbuntuGIS is closely aligned with the Debian-GIS project.
Follow the public mailing list: http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu
The UbuntuGIS launchpad provides project hosting for UbuntuGIS. Sign up if you want to help.
In the OSGeo wiki there's a page dedicated to the task of creating binary distributions of Open Source Geospatial Software: http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/OSGeo_Binary_Distribution
https://features.launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/ubuntu-gis hosts a specification request for a working, updated GIS workstation under Ubuntu. (needs updating)
http://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/drupal/node/96 : Here are detailed instructions on how to build a complete GIS working environment on a Debian-based GNU/Linux system. Works well on Ubuntu, too.
http://postgis.refractions.net/support/wiki/index.php?PostgisOnUbuntu · John Taber wrote this good howto recently, so it should be quite easy to install from source the very latest version of PostGIS (even CVS!).
You can see the current packages that are in the UbuntuGIS repository on our launchpad page: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntugis/+archive/ubuntugis-unstable
Quantum GIS (QGIS) packages
Quantum GIS is now in the UbuntuGIS repository, but also provides a Debian/Ubuntu repository for nightly builds of the trunk development version. See: