Yes. UCSC changed the way that they organized their track groups, breaking out Variation and Repeats into two distinct categories. When doing the Table browser query, simply pick "Variation" from the group drop down menu. The dbSNP track will be there.
You mention that the results are slightly different - this is fine and was already true. One of the datasets in the tutorial updates nightly and the other every 2-3 months or so. Just use the most current versions available and follow the instructions of how to do the analysis, the exact numbers in the result will be the answer for the given inputs.
The goal of the tutorial is a general introduction to Galaxy - obtaining data from external sources, using tools to manipulate, creating a workflow, learning to share. Let us know if you have any other problems.
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For someone getting started with a "101" tutorial, it's really helpful if everything is exactly as it's advertised to be. Even little things like the difference between an item that says "variations and repeats" and two different items named "variations" and "repeats" causes a degree of uncertainty for a beginner. How many beginners have had that same question since this was posted 2.5 years ago? I know I did earlier this week. It's commonly known that for every person who asks a question, there are many others with the same question who don't ask it. They either struggle through to find an answer or give up.
So as a suggestion, it might be helpful for the Galaxy Project to provide their own simplified data server that matches their own tutorial (and not a tutorial on someone else's web site using data on yet someone else's site).
As a software developer myself, I know that it's difficult to keep dozens of tutorials up to date with constant user interface changes. But a "101 version" deserves the extra effort to make it match. After people become familiar with a tool, they're much more able to find their way around within outdated tutorials. But the first one (or 101) is important to get right.