the calibre package is out of date

Asked by Samael on 2011-09-13

The package in the Ubuntu repository is 0.6.42: http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/calibre

but on the official site 0.8.18 is available: http://calibre-ebook.com/download_linux

As per the two related launchpad threads:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/calibre/+question/158439
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/calibre/+question/101462

The newer version adds compatibility for more devices as well as other changes. Please can someone in the know update the repository with the latest version.

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enubuntu (mr.tennents) said :
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You should open a bug for this, not a question.

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Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :
#2

You have to understand the Ubuntu version policy:
In general a specific package will stay on the version that was provided when the specific Ubuntu release was published. Newer versions will only be delivered with later ubuntu releases. (There are exceptions: security related changes will be delivered also to older versions etc. see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StableReleaseUpdates ). You also have to know that Ubuntu tries to follow Debian, that means that usually a certain program release has to be made available by Debian, before it is taken over into Ubuntu.

Lucid has calibre version 0.6.42
Maverick has 0.7.18
Natty has 0.7.44
Oneiric will get 0.8.8
and the P-series will get the version available (in Debian) at a certain date before its publications.

For some packages there are enthusiasts who do the backporting of new versions to older Ubuntu releases and who make these packages available in private package archives (PPAs)

There are some PPAs with higher versions of calibre available, e.g. 0.8.6 for Lucid in https://launchpad.net/~n-muench/+archive/calibre-lucid

Maybe you can find what you are looking for in one of the PPAs.
And of course you can always try to build the newest version from its original source.

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marcus aurelius (adbiz) said :
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you can go to calibre's webiste and download and isntall the most current version. i did it on the weekiend and it did not break anything. i'm using 10.04

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Samael (singingbush) said :
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Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.

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Samael (singingbush) said :
#5

Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to read up on creating deb packages and see if I can get get my own little PPA going.