Ubuntu – What does this “Canonical does not provide updates…” mean in the package manager


In both Synaptic Package Manager and Ubuntu Software Center, I sometimes see the following footnote.

Canonical does not provide updates for deja-dup. Some updates may be provided by the Ubuntu community.

Does this mean that these packages are not automatically updated as new versions are released?
… or does it just mean that Canonical plays no part in the development of the particular app.
… or does it mean something else?

Do I need to monitor and manage the installation of latest releases myself?

Best Answer

It means that if there is a security problem or minor bug fixed in the application, then Canonical makes no guarantee they will update it to protect your system, etc.

If there is a major problem the Ubuntu community will usually issue an update though.

No, I wouldn't worry at all about monitoring new releases.