View Full Version : [all variants] How to obtain the latest versions of software?

April 19th, 2009, 05:39 AM
I wish to use ubuntu, really kubuntu, but I want the latest software.
In intrepid I saw very old version of software, compared with debian sid.
Can I obtain more updated versions, even in testing/unstable state?

April 19th, 2009, 05:42 AM
You can change to the jaunty (it's in beta) repos.

April 19th, 2009, 06:46 AM
Or if you want the latest, go to the homepage and download the source. It might not run on your system though.

April 19th, 2009, 02:20 PM
Maybe you can find something on Getdeb. (http://www.getdeb.net/)

April 19th, 2009, 03:41 PM
Then, there is no way to obtain, for example, a jaunty repository + testing-lastest-newest repository?

April 19th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Use a "rolling release" Linux distro, such as Sidux or Arch. Ubuntu's whole development cycle is based on stable releases every six months.

April 19th, 2009, 03:57 PM
Yes, I came from sidux.

April 19th, 2009, 04:06 PM
Yes, I came from sidux.

For me personally, that would be a step backwards. :) What do you prefer about Ubuntu?

April 19th, 2009, 04:41 PM
I love debian sid, and sidux offer the best support for sid users.
I learned a lot with it.
But I dedicated to much time to it, to learn, to configure, to reinstall...
I need now a simpler distro to admin, to focus on my work that it isn't programming, but teaching a non-IT subject.
kubuntu fit my need, except for the lasted software I used to have.
Maybe Fedora, used by some friends of mine could be a better solution.
But with fedora I had a bad experience with SELinux and my printer driver.
So I choose kubuntu, in the hope to find a solution for the old repository.
I write now from kubuntu I installed the last week.

April 19th, 2009, 06:07 PM
The problem with sidux is the vigilence needed to keep things updated and
begins to wear on you, it certainly is a great place to learn. My personal
like is Kubuntu 8.10 and not the latest Jaunty 9.04 with the kde4, it is buggy and not mature enough for most average users. My experience with
Jaunty Ubuntu amd64 has been challenging but for the most part it gives users speed and newer releases. Intel users might have issues but they are being worked on and for the most part Intel has gotten a lot of attention I expect we will see a bug fix soon for bug 359392
If you can understand German than Kanotix is very good and I have found it
to be bug free for the last two years and definently a good place to learn.
just spend a lot of time on the sidelines and you will agree.

April 19th, 2009, 06:16 PM
I looked for kanotix, but seems to be outdated, even the website.
About Jaunty I agree with you, I think each version of ubuntu/kubuntu (and fedora too) is mature for the average user only after a mount or more (the version 9.04.1 at least)
This is the reason I want to wait to upgrade the whole distro, but only some key package that are on a new major version since a lot of linux-time ;) .

April 19th, 2009, 06:36 PM
Looks can be decieving. I know what you mean about the website, it is in
not updated, however Kano is a master of Linux and his scripts bear witness
to that. Its a matter of cherry picking, find the nicest ones, i do that
with all the distros and they all have something terrific to offer. I keep
a .doc file of all the things learned for sidux,kanotix,ubuntu,arch, and many others, its the only way I can remember this stuff, using google docs
allows me to access my notes from any of my computers :D

April 19th, 2009, 06:53 PM
Interesting doc.