Debian Wheezy: installing from sources or repositories? upgrading to new software release?

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Published on 2013-11-06T08:33:40Z Indexed on 2013/11/06 9:58 UTC
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a. I'm wondering for some software if it is wiser to install them from sources or from official repositories when available like:

  • glpi inventory
  • fusion inventory
  • monitoring tools like nagios

I tried both for glpi: compiled from sources and installing from repositories. I also installed zabbix from sources.

b. What about new software releases providing enhancements: is it better to keep the release installed from the repositories /compiled or is their a 'best practice' like downloading the new software release and compiling it again (I really have no clue)?

Could someone make it more clear for me?

Thanks!

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