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Old 05-06-2006, 07:35 PM   #1
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How do I upgrade to latest versions of applications?

Hi All,

Been using Ubuntu Hoary for a while now but just starting to dig into the meat of using Linux. My basic question is how do I upgrade an application to it's latest version? Specifically Thunderbird, Mozilla and Firefox. As I understand it the repositories are a bit behind the curve on the latest versions of such apps. (I might be wrong of course, but this is how I understand it) I know to DL and save to a folder such as /home but what to do after that I have no idea. I tried a thing I saw in Tux Magazine a month or two back about how to do this but it just seemed to mess up everything for me and I actually had to reinstall.

The reason I am still using Hoary is because I tried to do the online upgrade to Dapper at the beginning of the week and it was a nightmare of trying to get it to work again, X just would not work. I *think* what I needed to do was upgrade to Breezy first but I am too scared to try it again.

And while I have your attention Is there anything like automatix I can use to get all the video codecs working?

Thanks!! Any help is greatly appreciated.
Old 05-06-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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I suggest you stick with the repositories, and work on getting the upgrade to work instead. The benefits of doing your own app upgrades isn't normally worth the nuisance of having to keep track of it from then on.


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