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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 It runs great, there is just one problem: the software is a little bit outdated compared to other distributions.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.

Configure your Debian/Etch

Using Synaptic

   Configuration > Repository

Using sources.list

   deb etch-backports main contrib non-free


To finish configuration, install debian-backports-keyring


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 /etc/apt/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

Pin: release a=sarge-backports
Pin-Priority: 999

the information in 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?

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

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