As I study, I keep seeing that the versions of installable applications using apt-get are "old" releases. Does anyone know why that might be? I would have imagined that we would have wanted to try and keep the release levels of available software current. While I understand that older releases may have had more testing, the flip side is that newer releases may have bug fixes or features that are equally valuable.
Who maintains the repository of installable applications for the Pi? Is there a process to get a new version of a package added? Is there an alternate repository with later releases? Is there an Open Source or other community project to create a later version repository?