Linux: why we recommend the tar.gz bundle?

For Linux we are offering since ever a .tar.gz bundle and since a couple of years a .deb bundle.

We recommend the .tar.gz bundle, because

  • it can be installed simply by unpacking anywhere,
  • it can autoupdate itself to any newer version, even if the installation directory needs to be updated,
  • it ships will all dependencies (except of libcurl), including Git and JRE,
  • workarounds like for outdated GTK3 versions are easier to handle

Install a .deb bundle

You can install a Debian bundle using
$ sudo dpkg -i <deb-file>
If some dependencies are unmet like when installing SmartGit or SmartSVN, you can install them as well using
$ sudo apt --fix-broken install