Re: stable / backports (Re: When Debian 4.1 will arrive... will anyone care?)
Bart Martens wrote:
> > the only 'advantage' to using 'stable+backports' over 'stable+some
> > packages from unstable or testing' is that you don't have that nasty
> > label 'unstable'.(...)
> > IMO, if you need a 'stable' system with some newer packages, you're
> > better off learning how apt's pinning stuff works than bothering with
> > backports. it's not hard.
> Backports are recompiled packages from testing, so they will run without
> new libraries on a stable Debian distribution. It is not always
> possible to install a package from testing without pulling in lots more
> packages from testing.
Fwiw, backports also pull in newer version of certain libraries if they
are needed by the backport.
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