11 years ago
+1 for PPA, This is the Debian/ubuntu way to go.
Now this recenter the problem to the point that average users don't know where to find the PPAs or they don't know about PPA at all. I think this is where mint can do something to help.
Personally I would favour PPAs over Snap or Appimage
For every person that craves up to date software there is another that craves stability - the two do not go hand in hand. You have to find the solution for you that best fits your desires. As to the package in question, at the present moment in time Ubuntu Oneiric (on which Mint 12 is based) has virtualbox 4.1.2 in its package archive http://packages.ubuntu.com/oneiric/virtualbox
Mint 12 has virtualbox 4.1.6 in its archive
So I would say that Mint is doing an OK job myself and this is the reason for rejecting this idea.
* correction - having the 3.2 version (not 3.5) :D
I do agree w. remoulder - if u wanna have Vbox latest, do it yourself because => especially VBox, the latest 4.x version sux even more of the RAM :-(
So I have rather 3.5 than the 4.x...
I am wondering if there is any automatic way to keep those software updated.
I know I can update them manually but the lack of time and the "fear" not to break anything by manually updating is keeping me from doing this. How do you manage this situation? Your input would be very helpful.
@remoulder: I am afraid you are mistaken. The most part of the softwares in the "Featured software" category is not part of the Ubuntu repositories. They're part of the Linux Mint repository (Picasa & Virtualbox non-OSE, for example).
Also, I did not asked to be the latest version, just to be kept as up to date as possible.
Mint uses the ubuntu repos, you need to ask this question of the ubuntu devs, but generally repos are not kept up to date in this way as it would be an impossible task. If you need more recent versions of an app you need to install directly or if one exists add a PPA to your software sources. Ask in the forums for help http://forums.linuxmint.com/