I went to install something called kdenlive, a video editor program, to try it out. It installs and I try to use it, it crashes, I look online for help, then I find that the versions now be talked about are versions 16.8 and above, the version that had just been installed on my system was 0.9.8, which I think was from when the program was still being tested. Why did the software manager not download the most up to date version for me.
Another example, there's a 3d modelling program called makehuman which I thought I'd try out, it could be helpful in parts of an animating workflow as a quick way to make character objects. So I instaleld it from the software manager, then found it had far less features that the versions discussed online, shortly afterwards I realised I had installed a version that was atleast 3 years older than the ones being discussed online. Surely I should have got the latest version from the software manager?
Another example though less extreme is firefox, I know that version 53 is out now, and I updated my linux system today, but the version of firefox I'm working with right now is 52.0.2, surely updating this morning should have got me the latest version?
So I've come to the conclusion that the programs available in the software manager are old, many of them REALLY old, how do I correct this and get myself some up to date versions of the software I'd like to have a go with? Once I've got them I won't be so worried about keeping all those programs up-to-date, as the ones I'm interested in (other than things like my browser ofcourse) are offline things so don't have much in the way of security worries, but when I download a piece of software for the first time I'd like to be able to get the current version rather than one from years back (in some cases a version still in testing before development was complete).
How is this done? Does some part of the package manager or software manager need updating? Or do I have to go to the software's website and download .deb files for the recent versions rather than rely on the software manager? Or do I use the terminal instead, though surely that is just another way of getting at the same program versions as the software manager can.
P.S. I just checked, I'm on mint Mate 64 bit version 17.3 (the last one to have built in support for codecs), I know that there is an 18.0 and 18.1 out now but I'd made this installed USB before they came out and for now I haven't the time to make a new live USB (of 18.0/.1 rather than 17.3) so I could then make a new installed USB so I could then have an installed USB with the latest version on it.
Edited by rp88, 20 April 2017 - 02:58 PM.