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    Ubuntu: old packages? MySQL, PHP, Perl


    I just noticed that MySQL is still only 5.1 branch. What the hell? Where is the 5.5 branch? Looked around some more. PHP and Perl are also versions at least 6 months out of date. What's the deal?

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    Most distros do not use the bleeding-edge versions of software. You'd have to use third party repositories to obtain them, or install them from source yourself. Someone has to build those packages, test those packages, and approve those packages for use in distro's repositories.
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    Thanks for the reply. What is the typical turn-around time for that sort of process? Are there any good server distro's that do keep fairly cutting edge? Meaning, latest stable releases, not beta stuff.

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    Additionally, a release of linux distribution -especially the ones geared for enterprise use- define the package versions and features *once*
    and then stick with them.

    In consequence, security patches are even backported rather than installing a new version.

    The reason for this is to ensure a stable, testable environment.
    You wouldnt want to fiddle around with a business application just because redhat decided to update php/apache/mysql/postgres to the next major version.
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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