I did a clean installation of Ubuntu 14.04.2 two months ago and I noticed recently that firefox was stuck at version 36. I uninstalled it and then the system showed version 35 as the latest. The same applies for some other packages like compiz-plugins which I cannot install because it is stuck on an older version and conflicts with other compiz packages. The system complained many times about held packages before that. I tried fixing broken dependencies but no luck.

What can I do?

  • What error messages are given when you try sudo apt-get install firefox? – Wilf Apr 30 '15 at 13:57
  • i don't get an error, the firefox version i get is old(35 instead of 37). This is not the case for my other installation of ubuntu that i have on my laptop which is basically the same as my desktop, i normally get version 37 there. My problem is that i can't get the latest version for some packages from the ubuntu repository, which does not happen on my other installation of ubuntu. (no ppa involved) – Iraklis1989 Apr 30 '15 at 14:13
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    Does sudo apt-get update show any errors or suspicious output? What do you have in the file /etc/apt/sources.list? – pabouk Apr 30 '15 at 14:34
  • sudo apt-get update works normally. sources.list contains the ubuntu repositories and they seem to be all enabled – Iraklis1989 Apr 30 '15 at 16:01
  • Can you install the latest version of Firefox after the update (and perhaps 'un-holding' it askubuntu.com/questions/164587/…) - and can you install Firefox from a deb package from packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/firefox ? – Wilf Apr 30 '15 at 17:01

I fixed this by changing the server in Software and Updates. For some reason the server I was using for the updates was misbehaving.

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