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I have recently installed Ubuntu-Studio. After install I executed the command:

sudo apt-get update

I also executed this menu item:

System => Software Updater

In spite of this I found the Blender installation I have, which is the one that comes with Ubuntu-Studio, is version 2.76b. But according to the Blender website: https://www.blender.org/download/ the latest stable version is 2.77a. The web page does say this is a "release candidate". On the other hand there is no download on this page that seems to be an actual release and not a candidate release. And given that this web page shows version 2.78 to be the current test build, I have to conclude that 2.77a is the latest stable release. So what is the proper way to get Ubuntu-Studio to update to this latest stable release as given on that download webpage?

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The Ubuntu repository may not have the latest versions. This is necessary to ensure the stability and security of the whole system.

Don't worry, there is a quick and common solution!

A good way to install a software is using the source distribution and every stable software should have a README\INSTALL file containing the appropriate instructions.

But in the case of Blender there is an alternative: just include an external repository and download a package in 3 commands. This procedure (click here) should be simpler and maintainable.

Have a nice day, feel free to comment under here if you need more help.

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  • How often is the Ubuntu repository updated? I have looked at the Thomas-Schiex repository . What I see there for blender there is the latest test version 2.78. What I need is the latest stable version 2.77a. – Stephen Sep 25 '16 at 14:35
  • @Stephen is updated very frequently, but you may experience a release delay of two weeks or more (bugs, legal licenses, ...); the PPA linked in the answer is updated every week and contains both the stable ("blender", you Should use this) and the very latest ("blender-edge") versions. If you need a very specific version, you may (and really should, for your security) compile it directly from source. – Lorenzo Ancora Sep 25 '16 at 18:18

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