Check if a package is officially available in an Ubuntu release

ubuntu_apps_compUbuntu has thousands of packages. New apps get added and older or obsolete apps get dropped in each new release. Sometimes it becomes difficult to know if an app is officially available in a particular release. There is a simple way to verify. Open the following search link in your browser:
http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=packagename

Replace packagename with the name of the package you are looking for. For example, to look for pidgin, open the following link:
http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=pidgin

To check which versions of a package are available:

# apt-cache policy <packagename>

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