I have an observation that I would like some feedback on. I started using Mint Linux (Daryna) last December. To get into it, I set up our finances for 2008 in GnuCash. The level I installed from the package manager was 2.2.1, which I later found out to be a development version, not a stable version. So, I tried to find updates in the package manager, but they were never displayed. I went to the GnuCash website where they had just announced the availability of level 2.4. But no updates showed up in the package manager. But, I could get 2.4 in a Windows version. Since I needed to get off of a development version, I downloaded the Windows version and have been using GnuCash on Windows, not Linux like I started out. I am currently running GnuCash 2.7 and still, the package manager on Daryna shows 2.2.1 (the development version).
This same scenario has played itself out with OpenOffice as well. I am running 3.0 on Windows, but Daryna only supports 2.3, which has too many bugs in Base for me to continue using it.
So, from my experiences thus far, Linux seems to be inferior (sorry folks, but here is where you get to correct my thinking) to Windows when it comes to applications because I cannot get access to the latest levels of applications. They are available for Windows where I am currently running them, but not for Mint Linux. Is this a Mint Linux thing, a Linux thing, or something that I am missing that I need your help to get past?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks