GetDeb and PlayDeb were optional software portals that offered additional applications and games for you to install through the Software Manager, which you could enable on Linux Mint from the Software Sources. Today we are saddened to share the announcement from its developer that both of these software portals have been discontinued.
You may already have been experiencing errors when using Update Manager with these software portals enabled, as since early December 2012 the project's main server had failed. You would have received errors like the following:
Failed to fetch http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu/dists/quantal-getdeb/Release.gpg Unable to connect to archive.getdeb.net:http:
As shared earlier here on the forums, to resolve these errors you would either disable both GetDeb and PlayDeb from the Software Sources (open Update Manager, go to Edit > Software Sources, go to Other Software tab, deselect all archive.getdeb.net sources), or you would switch to using a mirror server. You can safely do either; none of your installed applications or games will be impacted. As both software portals have been discontinued, you should be aware that the mirror servers will be static henceforth (no upgrades; no new software added) and may themselves not be available forever.
Linux Mint had included these software portals from as early as January 2008. So after 5 years we say a heartfelt goodbye and thank its developers for all the time spent on bringing more applications and games to our community's doorstep. So long, and thanks for all your work!