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== Key ==
To start, install the DebPkg:debian-backports-keyring ( you need this to check that the signature of each backpot package is correct )
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To finish configuration, install DebPkg:debian-backports-keyring

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You are running [:DebianStable:Debian stable], because you prefer the stable Debian tree. It runs great, there is just one problem: the software is a little bit outdated compared to other distributions. That is where backports come in.

Backports are recompiled packages from [:DebianTesting:testing] (mostly) and [:DebianUnstable:unstable] (in a few cases only, e.g. security updates), so they will run without new libraries (wherever it is possible) on a stable Debian distribution. It is recommended to pick out single backports which fits your needs, and not to use all backports available.

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Configure your Debian/Etch


To start, install the debian-backports-keyring ( you need this to check that the signature of each backpot package is correct )

Using Synaptic

  • Open Synaptic
  • Go to:

   Configuration > Repository
  • Add this repository: attachment:synaptic.png

Using sources.list

  • Open /etc/apt/sources.list

  • Add this line:

   deb http://www.backports.org/debian/ etch-backports main contrib non-free

Advanced usage (command-line setup and APT pinning)

Information about advanced use, including command-line based setup, and APT pinning can be found at: http://backports.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=instructions

External links

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