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 It runs great, there is just one problem: the software is a little bit outdated compared to other distributions.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

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 )

Using Synaptic

   Configuration > Repository

Using sources.list

   deb 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:

External links