Ubuntu – Does the newest version of Ubuntu (18.04) have 8 years old x11vnc?


Why does the newest version of Ubuntu (18.04) have 8 years old x11vnc?

My question is more specific than posted here and I have gotten an answer to it.

Ubuntu version:

user:~/$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Release:    18.04
Codename:   bionic

I have installed the x11vnc:

sudo apt-get install x11vnc -y

Later I discovered the version is 8 years old.

X11vnc version

29/07/2018 17:15:54 x11vnc version: 0.9.13 lastmod: 2011-08-10  pid: 3283

So, I checked sources for the Ubuntu 18.04 and I see that the newest cersion is not available.

b-ii-6@b-ii-6:~/$ apt-get source x11vncReading package lists... Done
Need to get 2,868 kB of source archives.
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe x11vnc 0.9.13-3 (dsc) [2,000 B]
Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe x11vnc 0.9.13-3 (tar) [2,854 kB]
Get:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe x11vnc 0.9.13-3 (diff) [12.5 kB]
Fetched 2,868 kB in 0s (6,632 kB/s)
dpkg-source: info: extracting x11vnc in x11vnc-0.9.13
dpkg-source: info: unpacking x11vnc_0.9.13.orig.tar.gz
dpkg-source: info: unpacking x11vnc_0.9.13-3.debian.tar.xz
dpkg-source: info: applying 0001-Fix-openssl-1.1.x-detection.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying 0002-Support-openssl-1.1.0.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying 10_usepkgconfig.diff
dpkg-source: info: applying do-not-run-dbus-launch.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying enforce-bash.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying java_target_source.patch

The current available version on the github is x11vnc 0.9.15 2018-02-04

Best Answer

Looking at https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/x11vnc i can see it's in 'universe', ie. community supported. This means no-one in the community has grabbed, compiled, tested & packaged the latest version.

You're welcome to do these if you can & wish, or you could 'file' a bug suggesting it be done too (when the MOTU & others find the time to do it).

The reason is not many in the community step forward & help, leaving it for a very small number of volunteers.