I have been trying to get my sysadmin to install xpra on our shared linux environment. Following these instructions, we used apt-get xpra to install a version of Xpra on the machine.

xpra --version returns

xpra v0.12.3

As the current stable version is 2.5.x, it seems that the version we get using apt-get is crazy old. Moreover, some dependencies (e.g. least python-gtkglext1, python-pil) seem not to be installed.

cat /etc/os-release shows the following info about my os version.

VERSION="14.04.5 LTS, Trusty Tahr"
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS"

Upon some googling, I found this, which suggests that 0.12.3 is "dangerous" and that Ubuntu Trusty is no longer supported(?). I wonder if this information is up to date?

My question is: what is the easiest way to install the current version of Xpra on my machine (assuming that updating the OS is out of the question)?

Thanks in advance! Please let me know if there is any more info you need.

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The information is accurate: Xpra 0.12.3 is very old, has a number of issues, and Ubuntu 14.04 is no longer supported unless you have a support contract.

To get an up-to-date version of Xpra, the simplest option is to upgrade to at least Ubuntu 16.04 (which is still supported without a support contract) and install Xpra from Mikhail Novosyolov’s PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mikhailnov/utils
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xpra

If you have to stay on Ubuntu 14.04, you’ll probably have to build Xpra from source.


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