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I have installed Simplenote 1.0.0 for Ubuntu by downloading the .deb file and using the command line as explained here. As there is no ppa for this app, a notification now explains that I could update to version 1.0.1 manually.

So how to update .deb packages properly without using data and without having installed two versions of the same software in parallel?

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Download the deb package for the updated version then do:

dpkg -i <package-name>.deb

Unless they changed everything around which is very unlikely this should overwrite your previous installation but should leave your settings intact.

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  • Okay, I wasn't sure whether the new version would be installed independently from the existing one and thus, I would end up having both versions installed at a time. – Bunjip May 13 '16 at 10:49

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