I'm totally new to elementary OS and Linux. I've decided to have a go at elementary as the OS for a new self build media PC.

I'm pretty chuffed that I've muddle along so far and got quite a few things working. One of the main requirements before ditching the idea and opting for Windows 10 was to get music sounding pretty good. On my previous media PC I used Winamp set on full treble and bass preset equaliser and that's what I was trying to replicate.

So I've done an adjusted copy PulseAudio conf file and tweaked ALSA. I then experimented with importing Winamp equaliser presets into Audacious. I then found out that I could use Wine and install some Windows stuff, so this is what I've done and installed Winamp - and comparing Audacious and Wimanp next to each other then, once again, Winamp just wins out.

However, this is all at the very edge of my understanding anything about Linux. I installed Wine through AppCenter and it said in there that it was installed. But when I clicked on the Winamp.exe then Wine was not there as the default program, nor was it in the list to chose from as an alternative program. So, I found out that I had to navigate to the .exe folder using the terminal and then typing wine winamp.exe.

Now, when I open I keep getting this fetch error:

E: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-wine/ppa/ubuntu bionic Release' does not have a Release file. 
W: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default. 
W: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details

No matter how many times I hit Ignore it pops up again after a few seconds and it making pretty much unusable.

How can I correct for this error? Do I uninstall Wine and have another go? Do I have to uninstall Winamp first if I do? Please bear in mind I don't understand much of the jargon of Linux, and my knowledge of most things is still pretty much zero. I vaguely understand that a is an online set of files that get updated and so elementary goes to check for updates every so often. Googling this error message so far implies that Wine should not even have worked, so I don't know what's going on.


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About the repository

Run the following commands on a terminal window

  • sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

    • (removing the PPA ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa)
  • wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key | sudo apt-key add -

    • (downloading and adding to the system the GPG key of WineHQ's repository)
  • sudo apt-add-repository 'https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/'

    • (adding WineHQ's repository)
  • sudo apt update

    • (update Release/Package lists of the repositories)
  • sudo apt install wine-stable

    • (install Wine using )

  • If you get an error like NO_PUBKEY 76F1A20FF987672F or GPG Error try with:
    • sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv 76F1A20FF987672F
      • (This will download the GPG key from the a keyserver to )

From: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-wine/+archive/ubuntu/ppa


In fact, it's double deprecated -- it was replaced by the Wine Builds PPA, which was then itself replaced.

For more information, please see:


The following commands can be used to add the new repository:

   wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
   sudo apt-key add Release.key
   sudo apt-add-repository 'https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/'

One more thing, read this answer:




Note: Nowadays we use apt instead of apt-get

  • apt is user oriented
  • apt-get low level command

Sometimes you'll need to use those low level commands but for the majority of situations just stick with just apt

  • Thanks @Sebastian I'll give this a go. Most things I've googled to help me get things up and running have involved using terminal rather than appcentre
    – Michael wx
    Dec 31, 2018 at 14:53
  • I'll comment every command above for you to learn what it does.
    – Sebastian
    Dec 31, 2018 at 15:05
  • ¬Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package wine is a virtual package provided by: wine-stable 3.0-1ubuntu1 wine-development 3.6-1 You should explicitly select one to install. E: Package 'wine' has no installation candidate¬
    – Michael wx
    Dec 31, 2018 at 15:26
  • Hi again. Sorry, I can't figure out what character makes text look like code - it's obviously not ' or ¬ Anyway, I've followed the instructions and I got this message after the last line
    – Michael wx
    Dec 31, 2018 at 15:27
  • W: GPG error: https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu bionic InRelease: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 76F1A20FF987672F E: The repository 'https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu bionic InRelease' is not signed. N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default. N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
    – Michael wx
    Dec 31, 2018 at 15:45

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