Can I use more recent versions of applications than what is in the repositories?

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Thu Oct 27 12:50:25 UTC 2005

On 10/26/05, Dave M G <martin at> wrote:
>         With at least two applications - bittorrent and gnucash - the version
> on the application's official web site is more recent than what it in
> the Universe repositories.
>         I've attempted to install bittorrent from the deb package on the web
> page, but it doesn't work. (Ubuntu is Debian based, isn't it?)
Bittorrent switched its distribution licence, see and
followups for details. Sorry, we cannot distribute such software,
please use alternatives.

>         Before I go stumbling in the dark with Gnucash, as I'm doing with
> bittorrent, is there something I don't understand about Ubuntu
> compatibility with applications outside of the official repositories?

There are a lot of poorly maintained repositories out there. We try to
get all usefull and free redistributable stuff in our own archives.


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