One of the great things about Ubuntu used to be that you install software from the packaging system (with apt-get or similar), not by downloading from a website.
Now when I want recent Geogebra or google Chrome I have to do just that: Download a package from the vendor's site.
There used to PPA's for these things that the official packagers don't want to supply, but none seem to be available. Why? What's wrong with Ubuntu?
Is there a clever way to update those manually installed packages?
Thanks to the comments below I realize that
- the download packages create an entry in
/etc/apt/sources.list.dpointing to the vendor's "3rd party repository", which allows the package to be updated automatically by the system. Clever. This works for both GeoGebra and Google Chrome.
- This scheme kinda solves my problem—I only have to download the program manually once, and that's no harder than adding a PPA, so in that sense there's nothing "wrong" with Ubuntu
That answers both my questions. Thanks.