Bug#447774: Please mention proposed-updates
Maybe this will fit into the moreinfo.dbk of Debian release notes
I hope I did right, taking most of the text from
If this is fine I can offer a german version, too.
The proposed-updates mechanism
If you get frustrated by waiting for some bugs to be fixed in Lenny you might
want to check the proposed-updates repositories.
All changes to the released, stable (and oldstable) distribution go through an
extended testing period before they are accepted into the arch
ives. Each such update of the stable (oldstable) release is called a point
release. Preparation of point releases is done through the propose
d-updates mechanism. Accepted packages are uploaded to a separate repository
called proposed-updates (oldstable-proposed-updates).
To use these packages with APT, you can add the following lines to your
# proposed updates for the next point release
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian etch-proposed-updates main contrib
Note that the /debian/mirrors (http://www.debian.org/mirror/list) will have
this, it is not necessary to use this particular one, the above choice of
ftp.us.debian.org is just an example.
New packages can arrive into proposed-updates when Debian developers upload
them either to proposed-updates (oldstable-proposed-updates), or
to stable (oldstable). Debian's Stable Release Team regularly reviews the
packages and decide whether to accept or reject them.
It should be noted that packages from security.debian.org are copied into the
proposed-updates directory automatically. At the same time, packages that are
uploaded directly to proposed-updates (oldstable-proposed-updates) are not
monitored by the Debian security team.
The current list of packages that are in the proposed-updates repository can
be seen at http://ftp-master.debian.org/proposed-updates.html