From [http://www.backports.org www.backports.org]:

You are running 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 It runs great, there is just one problem: the software is a little bit outdated compared to other distributions.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 testing (mostly) and 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.

Visit [http://www.backports.org/ backports.org] for more information on how to use the repository and how to contribute to the project.

[http://doc.cliss21.com/index.php?title=Backports This page] contains information on how to backport packages, as well as some step-by-steps simple examples to start with.


some additions to the webpage, collected here, until they are moved over there:

- reorganize the navigation: move "Instructions" and "Contribute" to "Documentation", remove the "HOWTO" there (it's covered in Instructions") and provide some FAQ (mostly pointing to instructions and contribute)

About the instructions: I use the following settings for /e/a/preferences, while I never had luck with the instructions...

Package: * Pin: release a=sarge-backports Pin-Priority: 99

and then either "apt-get -t sarge-backports install foo" or

Package: openoffice.org Pin: release a=sarge-backports Pin-Priority: 999

the information in http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/08/msg00122.html should also be covered in the instructions or FAQ

Other questions for the FAQ:

- how to use bpo (answer in "instructions") - which packages can be uploaded to bpo (answer in "contribute") - who can upload (answer in "contribute") ...

I would put this (and other) questions in the faq, but only give pointers as answers there. If you think this is stupid, then why not remove the FAQ alltogether?

To

dch -D sarge-backports -b -v$(dpkg-parsechangelog | sed -ne 's,^Version: ,,p')~bpo.1 -- Rebuilt for sarge.