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# 243890 7-Jan-2019 16:21
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Still learning linux - I'm sure there's a blindingly obvious answer to this, but everything I've tried has failed so far.


I have a single board computer (Odroid C1 in this case, but I don't think that should matter). The officially supported is Ubuntu Xenial, which I have installed fine.


I want to install OpenVPN v 2.4 on it. Neither the Ubuntu nor OpenVPN official repositories (right word?) have a precompiled package for OpenVPN 2.4, topping out at 2.3.10.


However, the Debian repository for Stretch does have OpenVPN 2.4 - see


I think I have managed to work out that I can specify an addition source (right word?) by adding an entry in /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory. However, I can't figure out (cough, my google fu has failed to find an answer) as to how I specify the Debian repository for OpenVPN.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2155905 7-Jan-2019 16:28
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Adding a repository meant for another distribution is a recipe for disaster. You'd better try OpenVpn's offical PPA

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2168139 26-Jan-2019 21:17
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Adding a repository meant for another distribution is a recipe for disaster. You'd better try OpenVpn's offical PPA



This is how I would do it too, which is the same way a lot of people run Spotify under Debian or Ubuntu:


$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
# Spotify desktop client for Linux
# 1. Update sources.list or spotify.list file:
# deb stable non-free
# 2. Install public key:
# apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 94558F59
# apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys D2C19886
# 3. Run apt-get update
# apt-get update
# 4. Install spotify client software.
# apt-get install spotify-client


deb stable non-free




The problem with adding an additional Debian repository to your Ubuntu is that OpenVPN 2.4 might require some additional packages and when you run an update, you might get those from the Debian repository too. You could end up with a half and half Debian/Ubuntu frankenstein distribution with a bunch of broken packages.


Edit: The procedure with the keys seems to have been updated since I last updated mine:

#include <standard.disclaimer>

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