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 It runs great, there is just one problem: the software is a little bit outdated compared to other distributions.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/Stable
To start, install the debian-backports-keyring ( you need this to check that the signature of each backport package is correct )
- Open Synaptic
- Go to:
Configuration > Repository
- Add this repository: attachment:synaptic.png
- 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
http://www.backports.org for more information
http://doc.cliss21.com/index.php?title=Backports contains information on how to backport packages, as well as some step-by-steps simple examples to start with.