Which distro is best for easy updating of third party software?
When I started using Ubuntu 10.04 last summer I thought that because it was a LTS release I could simply install it and forget about it for a couple of years, except for running regular security updates.
However, I now find that this is impossible. The main problem is that third party applications aren't updated in the Software Center - the version of the software packaged for 10.04 is the version that remains available, even as new versions are released. The only way to upgrade the application is to use an "untrusted PPA" from Launchpad, or to compile from source, taking care to also update any new dependencies.
Is there a Linux distro that makes this easier? It would be ideal if the official installer, the equivalent of Ubuntu's Software Center, would offer newer versions of third party applications, without recourse to PPAs. Does such a distro exist?