Different Versions of Software in Different GNU OS?

Projet:Trisquel mini
Version:7.0
Composant:Miscellaneous
Catégorie:Demande d'amélioration
Priorité:normal
Attribué:Non assigné
Statut:active
Description

Hello.

Why software versions are different in GNU distributions?
for example, gimp in Trisquel has 2.8 and in PureOS has 2.10 or Libre office and etc.

can I install latest free softwares from those websites or other repository manually on Trisquel?

jeu, 02/14/2019 - 19:28

Trisquel and PureOS are Long-Term Stable distros. This means that each version is based on a snapshot's of package versions at a certain date. After the snapshot, the only changes to the packages are bug fixes and security updates, no upgrades. That way users don't have to worry about an update causing *new* bugs. As a result, PureOS and Trisquel do not have the bleeding-edge versions of all packages. They have stable versions. The current PureOS snapshot is from a later date than the Trisquel 8 snapshot, which is why some of the versions are later (though still not the latest).

If you want the latest version of every package, you could try a rolling distro like Parabola, but be prepared to deal with fresh bugs whenever a new version of a package is released. If you just need a newer version of one package and want the rest to be stable, there are multiple ways to do this and the forum can help you on a case-by-case basis, but only do it if you have a real reason. Don't risk introducing bugs unless there's a new feature that's worth the risk.

ven, 02/15/2019 - 21:50

Thank you for help and good explain.