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Due to an accessibility bug in the latest versions of Ubuntu I will have to revert back to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS when 12.10 is retired later this month. I see that Ubuntu 12.04 came with Firefox 11.0, LibreOffice 3.5, and other outdated (functionality-wise) software.

Though I have no problem compiling Firefox, LibreOffice, and other apps, I would like to know how could I find out what the currently available software versions are. How could I check this before installing Ubuntu 12.04? I suppose that at least Firefox would have been updated (due to Mozilla update policy), but I would like to check first before I install.

Is there some way to query the Canonical repos for the latest software versions available for 12.04 from my current 12.10 system? Would it be easier to check from some web interface on Launchpad? I'm looking for something similar to aptitude show foobar, but for which I could specify the distro version that the results would be returned for.

I could install a virtual machine to check, but I find that cumbersome and not really practical as a day-to-day solution should I ever need to do a similar check in the future.

marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, Luis Alvarado Jul 24 '14 at 21:00

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Following Links can help to see updates for Available Ubuntu Versions

Ubuntu Packages http://packages.ubuntu.com/

Click For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Updates


It's not possible to check the latest software package version available in the repositories for another Ubuntu version via terminal commands (apt-get or aptitude).

  • Thank you Raj! How else would one go about getting the information, then? – dotancohen Apr 6 '14 at 7:24
  • But in gui way, it could be possible.Or run Ubuntu 12.04 on VM and check for the latest firefox package version available. – Avinash Raj Apr 6 '14 at 7:25
  • In the OP I did mention why I discount that method! – dotancohen Apr 6 '14 at 7:32

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