Current CMake version for VSCode 1.89 (Linux/Debian)

I’m using (Linux/Debian 12.x) and VSCode 1.89. I installed the cmake extension per instructions. The extension UI mentions version 0.17.17.

$cmake --version returns 3.25.x. If I try to upgrade to the latest version via VSCode it agrees with 0.17.17.
VSCode video tutorials all require 3.29 and indeed I want to build libraries not executables. Version 3.25 is a mismatch to the tutorial.

apt-get upgrade says 3.25 is the most current. I downloaded the tar file for 3.29 but need to know the preferred target directory and then how to make it so VSCode will ue it.

and why is twxs displayed as the developer?