Re: openoffice 2.3 on skolelinux
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On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 02:00:47PM +0000, Paulo Figueira wrote:
>I have tried with the deb file from openoffice.org.
I guess you manually downloaded the *.deb files from somewhere at the
OpenOffice.org official website, and installed the downloaded packages
manually with dpkg.
I would trust OpenOffice developers in writing their software very well,
but not in packaging it very well for Debian.
>I have tried upgrading the system replacing etch by lenny on the
This is better: Relying on APT for dependency resolving instead of
manually injecting .deb packages with dpkg.
But still - what you tried was in fact a full upgrade of your stable
system (codename "Etch") to become the testing system (codename
"Lenny"). I imagine you wanted as stable as possible a system - with
only OpenOffice being unstable.
>So, what's the right procedure for using backports?
Adding some Etch-related backports.org line to APT, in _addition_ to
your existing official Etch line(s) already there.
I deliberately do not provide you a step-by-step procedure: I believe
that if you are unable to put the pieces together from here, then really
you need to learn more about APT and the interaction between official
Debian, Debian-base Skolelinux (a.k.a. Debian-Edu) and backports.org.
In short: backports.org is a big pool of (relatively small) "forks" of
Debian. Debian-Edu is *also* a (relatively small) fork of Debian.
Forking the officially tested package pool called "Debian stable" raise
to risk of problems - and mixing *multiple* forks raise that risk even
As mentioned earlier, only some trouble comes at install time - some of
it comes when you later want to update packages to newer versions
(either due to security issues, because you want even newer
OpenOffice.org features, or part of a full system upgrade when Lenny is
declared stable and Etch then renamed oldstable.
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