For Software Developers/Providers
Personal Package Archive (PPA) service is provided for Ubuntu by Launchpad via which you can distribute software and updates directly to Ubuntu users. Create your source package, upload it and Launchpad will build binaries and then host them in your own apt repository.
Refer this link for more on how to create your own PPA to distribute software.
For Users (Like Us)
PPA (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+ppas) can be easily used to add new sources for software not available in Software Centre.PPAs work like normal Ubuntu archives. You can install software in the usual way — for example, through apt-get or synaptic — and whenever there’s an update Ubuntu will prompt you to install it. Both the x86 & x64 architectures are supported by PPA.
Here is an example, to add the repository:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa: user/ppa-name
So pop up your Terminal and try adding few of them from below
Open Office : sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openoffice-pkgs/ppa
Google Chrome Browser Beta : sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/beta
ClamAv Antivirus : sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-clamav/ppa
Remember to run sudo apt-get update after you are done with above
Here is a look at a successfull addition via PPA
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