Software Repositories

Dustin Breese dustin.breese at
Thu Oct 2 12:51:44 UTC 2008

I agree, but in this case I'm looking for Eclipse 3.4.  (3.4 is the
latest, and 3.2 was released in June 2006.  Lots of bug fixes and
newer features.  Plus some of the plug-ins don't work correctly in
3.2.)  It's very easy to just grab the tar.gz and install it
someplace, but I was hoping to use official repositories.

But, my question is more general -- IF one decides to run with the
latest versions, is it down to installing from source/cmd line, or are
there repositories already out there for a lot of the newer software

And, to me, "BackPort" indicates taking an older version of the
software and porting to newer version of Ubuntu?  Or am I missing it


On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 6:43 AM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
> 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 <>.
> Nils
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