Running an Ubuntu 12.04 on a 2008 laptop (which I should change, but didn’t find a decent replacement yet) means that sometimes I’m not getting the latest software available by default.
For example, I just figure out that my git version was
1.9.1, while the latest available, ATOW, is
2.5.0, so I have decided to upgrade.
Conveniently there is a ppa that provides the latest and the greatest version of git for Ubuntu. Enable it and you will have the latest git running on your system:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install git
Check you have the latest
$ git --version git version 2.5.0
Now the big question: Is upgrading really necessary? I do not really know. However being a person that creates software, I can tell you that running the most up-to-date system and software is, in most cases, a good idea.