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Maybe this is to do with my lack of knowledge when it comes to Ubuntu repositories but I'm trying to understand which versions of boost Ubuntu has available and which version is best to use.

When reading the description of the libboost-all-dev package it says "Boost version (currently 1.46)" but the version I've installed reports version Installing libboost-all-dev got me boost packages which all seem to be version 1.46.1-7ubuntu3 (precise) but I've noticed other boost packages with a version of 1.48.0-3 (precise).

Could someone explain to me which version of boost a vanilla install of Ubuntu comes with (or perhaps how to find out which version of boost comes with a vanilla install of any particular version of Ubuntu) without having to perform an install?

And if anyone happens to know, why does the libboost-all-dev package report a different version from its description but seems actually get the version from the description, not those which correspond with its version?

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Well I seem to have discovered part of the answer in writing the question.

The web-interface to the package browser will allow you to find a particular release's libraries.

Still confused about the boost package versioning though!

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