I like http://xiphos.org/ for Bible reading and study. Unfortunately the current version (3.2.2) on Debian stable (also Testing and Sid) is partly broken. For example the Preferences dialog won't open, I can't insert links in the test editor, etc. This issue is a well documented problem related to incompatibilities with GTK3. It was fixed with version 4. The newest release is 4.0.4, but there seems to be no effort to update this in the Debian repository. I contacted Xiphos developers on IRC, but they just point me to the Ubuntu ppa.
I have several questions:
(1) Is there any way to motivate someone to update the Debian repository? I have no idea how this works, so any information would be appreciated.
(2) If Debian isn't updated, is there anyway to install from a PPA in such a way that one can easily uninstall if there are problems? I don't want to destablize my system, yet one of the programs I use the most has problems, so I'm willing to take some risks. Is there a way to isolate bianaries from a PPA so that I could just delete a folder or something?
(3) My linux experience is limited, but I have compiled a few things from source a few times. Is this a better option than PPA? Once again, is there a way to isolate what I compile so that it can be deleted if it causes problems? I've used
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apt-cache show [pkg]
to find out dependencies of packages on my system. How can I find out all the dependencies of a package that I want to compile?
Thanks in advance for your help!