texlive-full and use the long-term support version of Ubuntu precisely so I won't have to deal with this stuff, so everything will "just work".
Is there a command I can run from the terminal, like
latex-install, that will find the packages I need, update them, etc.?
sudo apt-get upgrade doesn't show that
texlive-full needs updating.)
update: Thank you for the help, everyone. I think this is going to work (eventually). However as I keep downloading
synaptic package for
install-tl, my hard drive is now close to full with all of these
TeX libraries! What should I delete after this is all over, and how? (I tried to remove the
texlive-full meta-package in Synaptic and it said it would remove
teXmacs as well.) Also: how am I ever going to keep this up to date and working with other programs I may install in the future?