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Re: Installing from Backports

Am 2014-11-12 18:23, schrieb Cindy-Sue Causey:
On 11/12/14, Christian Seiler <christian@iwakd.de> wrote:

However, in wheezy-backports there are some updated drivers that will
*probably* work with your graphics card, but I haven't tested it.

So basically, you could try to

  1. Activate backports
  2. apt-get update
  3. apt-get -t wheezy-backports install [desired package]

(Disclaimer: Untested.)

Thank you, Christian! You just short tracked something on my to-do
list, and that was to research how to test drive this occasionally
mentioned "backports".. Plucking your comment out of the stream for
others, for primarily new users for whom this might save some
headaches pretty quick...

Or as the disclaimer implies... possibly *not* :)

Just for clarity: the 'untested' refered to the specific package I was
talking about, not how to activate backports. ;-)

If anyone has any negative feedback regarding backports, please do
share, most particularly if you have helpful workarounds that
corrected whatever issue you ran into...

The only 'problem' I remember is that sometimes it takes a while for
updates to actually go on to backports; per backports "policy" usually
the packages have to be in testing already before the backported ones
can be uploaded, which means there will be an additional delay until
fixes are in there.

That said, for critical security fixes, I had the impression that
package maintainers were doing a really good job for getting them into
wheezy-backports in the last few months, at least for the packages I am
using. So consider this to be a HUGE thank you to everyone involved in


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