Any plans to upgrade the available version in the Xenial repository?

Asked by Mark Carter

The version available in the Xenial repository is compatible with a limited set of smart cards while the latest version supports alternate tokens common to many organizations.

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Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

Ubuntu is no rolling release. This means that package versions usually are not updated to higher versions than the one initially provided with a certain Ubuntu release.
Newer package versions are provided only with newer Ubuntu releases.
There are exceptions to this rule, e.g. a limited list of packages like kernel, timezone information, Firefox, and in case that severe weaknesses and/or bugs in a package justify an upgrade.
Please see for details about the processes around upgrading packages in already-published Ubuntu releases or for the process of backporting the newest version to an older release.

For opensc this means the following:
1. If the improvements of the latest version over the one provided in xenial are big enough to justify a SRU or backport, then such action should be requested by creating a bug report.
2. You might find a PPA that has a higher version already available, see for potential candidates.
3. You could try building your own version from the newest source.

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Mark Carter (mcarte) said :

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.