[ubuntu] General Question on Repositories and SW Versions

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I'm trying to fill some knowledge gaps in what I know about how software makes it into Ubuntu repositories. I'm currently running Precise LTS, which I really like, but I've been most annoyed by seeing new releases announced of software that I use on a regular basis and find that they are not available in the repositories. I understand that these software packages are developed independent of Ubuntu and that in order for some to make it into the repository, they have to be vetted for compatibility and that can take some time. So although a new release of software might come out, it may take so (Hardware)