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irenaios
August 3rd, 2009, 10:55 PM
Okay, a few days ago I received my Dell Mini10v and this is my first adventure into the world of Ubuntu. I'm intent on learning all the ins and outs.

I noticed last night it did some sort of automated update which seemed to work fine. I have a few questions:

1.Do such updates also give me the newest updates/versions of Open Office and Firefox?

2. If not, can someone direct me to a resource to show me the easiest way to update to the newest versions of FF and OO?

Sure appreciate the help!

Regards,
James

huggies15
August 3rd, 2009, 11:06 PM
hello!
The ubuntu world isnt that scary, but my one piece of advice is remember it isnt windows and therefore you have to forget everything you think you know and start afresh :)

to update to the latest OO follwo the instructions here:
http://webupd8.blogspot.com/2009/05/install-openoffice-31-in-ubuntu-jaunty.html

its all fairly obvious.

for firefox try this:
http://ubuntumanual.org/posts/193/installing-firefox-3-5-in-ubuntu-the-easy-way

now there are other ways, but they are the easiest.
Hope it helps :)

Steve

wojox
August 3rd, 2009, 11:10 PM
Download firefox from here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FirefoxNewVersion

snowpine
August 3rd, 2009, 11:16 PM
Okay, a few days ago I received my Dell Mini10v and this is my first adventure into the world of Ubuntu. I'm intent on learning all the ins and outs.

I noticed last night it did some sort of automated update which seemed to work fine. I have a few questions:

1.Do such updates also give me the newest updates/versions of Open Office and Firefox?

2. If not, can someone direct me to a resource to show me the easiest way to update to the newest versions of FF and OO?

Sure appreciate the help!

Regards,
James

Hi James, the official answer is:

1. No; updates give you security patches and bug fixes to your current version of OO/FF (and all other applications). For example from 3.0 to 3.1 (but never from 3.0 to 4.0).
2. A new release of Ubuntu comes out every 6 months. By using the latest release (currently 9.04 Jaunty), you will have the latest version that is tested by the Ubuntu team of all applications.

Just follow the regular update procedure (as you've been doing) and keep up with the 6 month cycle, and you will always have fairly recent (less than 6 months old) versions of all applications, which are tested and trusted to work with your Ubuntu install.

You can, of course, install the very latest and greatest version of an application by following the instructions on their website BUT it will not be tested to work with your Ubuntu system and may be buggy or unstable. Stick with what's in the repositories, and you'll be fine.