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I know that PPAs can be dangerous.

But if they were 100% bad, surely nobody would use them - and it wouldn't be so easy to add them onto Ubuntu and elementary OS?

So what are the benefits of a PPA over a .deb file or installing from the standard repositories?

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The fact that there is no distinguishable difference between installing software through trusted repositories, such as the main repository, and then installing software through a PPA (GUI and CLI)

The main benefit you may get is, latest and up to date packages.

Software Center(repositories) may not always contain newer version of the package, even though there are higher versions of the same package in developers' PPAs, those will only be included in the next release of the OS.

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