Software Repositories

Nils Kassube kassube at
Thu Oct 2 12:43:10 UTC 2008

Dustin Breese wrote:
> Something that I struggle with is exactly what software repositories
> to use on Ubuntu for installing software.  Oftentimes, I find that a
> particular software package is found in Synaptic, but it is really old
> (eclipse 3.2.2, for example -- very old).
> Some questions:
> 1) How do I find repositories that have the latest versions?  Is there
> a list of all available repositories some where?

The question is: Why do you want to have the latest version? Are there new 
features which are not in the version from the Ubuntu repos? If there are 
no new features, better stick to the version from the Ubuntu repo. But if 
there are new features, you could request a backport:

< to request new packages>

Personally I wouldn't use some random repository found somewhere on the 
net, maybe except a repository from the original project.

> 3) Any good tutorials/walk-throughs on what it means to be "universe",
> "multiverse", "restricted", etc?

See <>.


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