And if I may add:
Even if the users are aware of the fact that ubuntugis-unstable contains the 
current releases, it can be hard to impossible to convince a GIS-ignorant 
system administrator that it is OK to install “unstable” packages.

But this issue is not a QGIS issue I guess...

From: Qgis-user [] On Behalf Of Randal 
Sent: 13. september 2016 16:45
Subject: Re: [Qgis-user] Ubuntu updating instructions

On 09/13/2016 10:23 AM, Jürgen E. Fischer wrote:

Hi Randal,

On Tue, 13. Sep 2016 at 00:21:21 -0400, Randal Hale wrote:

It's a little bit confusing. There are like three repositories:

stable, unstable, and testing. Testing you don't want (unless you

want to test packages). Typically stable is a bit older. Unstable is

current. Which doesn't really make sense - but that's the way it is.

Not like it matters much in this case.

We have packages in against the plain versions of the

distributions (debian and **ubuntu**) and in qgis/ubuntugis/ packages against

newer dependencies from - and only from - ubuntugis-unstable.

Looks like it's hard for people to accept that there are also ubuntu packages

in a directory called debian and that probably makes them jump on the other

because it has ubuntu in it's name.
I was thinking about it last night (and I was up way to late) and it is a bit 
confusing for the casual user. They've installed Ubuntu (or 
mint/debian/xubuntu/etc) and they may not understand ubuntu is based off 
debian. So like you said - they see debian but want to use Ubuntu. They go to 
UbuntuGIS and they see the repositories for UbuntuGIS and the choice is 
unstable (and no one likes unstable software) and stable (which doesn't contain 
the newest software). So you end up going "Use Unstable because it's stable and 

Under my /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory I made a qgis.list file

and put the following in there:

deb xenial main

deb xenial main

Why?  That are the packages not based on ubuntugis with the dependencies from

Do I have this wrong? I thought I had the repositories for the install correct 
based off the directions on Which I could completely have it wrong. 
With the above repos I'm getting QGIS 2.16.x and GDAL 2.1.x.



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