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Re: How to make Debian more attractive for users, was: Re: The number of popcon.debian.org-submissions is falling

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 08:06:56PM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM, Steffen Möller <steffen_moeller@gmx.de> wrote:
> > * I know a few who love lenny with backports, so yet, we should somehow
> > integrate that with the blends concept. Could there be a flag in
> > debian/control in some way for anything with a compatible debhelper
> > version to be auto-backported?
> Having d-i add backports.org to sources.list (and set good pinning)
> could be another thing to look at.

IMHO, this could be done with a question defaulting to "no" and this is
probably completely unrelated to the Blends effort (at least I do not
see any connection).

>From a Blends perspective I would rather enable pinning to very
*specific* versions from snapshot.debian.org because this is something
people are asking about from time to time.  Considering a scientific
software which was used to create a certain result and other versions
might have a somehow different result.  IMHO this would be a Blend
specific thing which requires actual knowledge in this field - but
considering backports.org as sources.list entry might be a general users
wish as well (you might like it or not from a maintenance point of view).

Kind regards



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