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Re: Problems with Debian and the Desktop and how they can be solved

Thanks for your message.
Actually, the Stable release does not receive "feature bug" corrections,
only security and very important bug corrections [0].
The latter is very uncommon.
But it is very important that you report your perceived bugs at the bug
tracking [1].
You can use handy reportbug [2] or even handier graphical reportbug-ng
[3] from lenny that also works on etch without backporting (at least
some versions ago).
Even if your reported bug is not classified for Stable correction, it
will be used for Unstable and MAYBE could be backported [4], becoming
available for use at the Stable release for those who choose to use such
There was a version of kde backported but by today it is only partially
backported. Maybe in few weeks the entire new kde could be backported
If you do not report bugs, they could be never solved...
An interesting approach for future debian desktops is being tried by the
BrDesktop [5] project. 
With ALL packages inside Debian repositories, they aim to issue a Stable
+(testing | backported) packages each 6 months, starting from lenny.
If they become successfull at this task, it could be accepted, in the
future, as an alternative tasksel for main debian.
It is not an easy task, as security and (enough) desktop stability must
be addressed at such massive backport flux.
But this effort could be more useful if good bug reports are submitted.
Please, help to improve Debian.
Andre Felipe Machado

[0] http://release.debian.org/
[1] http://bugs.debian.org
[2] http://packages.debian.org/etch/reportbug
[3] http://packages.debian.org/lenny/reportbug-ng
[4] http://backports.org/dokuwiki/doku.php
[5] http://brdesktop.org/

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