LibreOffice 3.6.3, when?

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It seems the Ubuntu version of LibreOffice is always older that the release Linux version, why is that, when can we expect t to see 3.6.3 being pushed?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Simple, Ubuntu is not a rolling release, so you willfind quite a few of the packages are not bang up to date.

You may find a PPA with the newer version.

Why do you need the newer version so badly?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

What is the output of;

uname -a; lsb_release -a


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Best Warren Hill (warren-hill) said :

The version in the repositories will almost always lag behind the latest available because they need to be tested with Ubuntu

As of today the versions are

   11.10 (oneiric): 1:3.4.4-0ubuntu1.4
   12.04 (precise): 1:3.5.4-0ubuntu1.1
   12.04 (quantal): 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3
   13.04 (raring ): 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu5

I would assume that the one in 13.04 will be updated before it is released.

If you really need the latest there is nothing stopping you from finding a later ppa.

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Warren Hill (warren-hill) said :

Correction last post should have read 12.10 (quantal)

Also if you doubt the need for testing take a look here

Even with testing libreoffice is not working as expected on Quantal under some circumstances

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Ubuntu is not a rolling release. If there is no ral value in keeping up with the latest release then it is a waste of energy pushing for it. There may be a changelog for a package that states the newer version improves application start time by 0.2 seconds and uses 10Mb less RAM, do you expect the devs to rush to compile and package this when other packages have bugs and security holes which need time and effort to fix, compile then package?? No, the more important packages will get precedence. Packages will seem to be behind the latest release, but packaging an app just because a new one is out is not how Ubuntu (and in most cases a LOT of package based distributions) works.

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Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said :

I may be wrong, but I think there is some consideration being given to providing updates through the life of an LTS release, but the devs will always be cautious not to push a new release if it might contain bugs or regressions.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

LTs will get fewer updates than the intermediary releases. LTS is designed to be solid, so packages get more testing and slower updates than the ones in between. There will be updates though. This is intentional. If there is a significant reason for the update to be rushed then it will be added :)

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AO (aofrl10n) said :

Thanks Warren Hill, that solved my question.