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DesktopLinux.com: Gnome 2.2 Backport for Debian Woody Available for Download

Feb 24, 2003, 11:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jamie Strandboge)

"The Debian GNU/Linux distribution has 3 different 'versions' at any particular time. 'stable', 'testing' and 'unstable'. Unstable is where the development work happens, and after it is known to work for a while new software goes into testing. After a while, no new packages are allowed into testing, and it is tested and debugged to eventually become the stable version. Stable only receives security updates, and since Debian's stable release cycle is slow, software in stable is often old.

"So what is a backport exactly? Jaime tells DesktopLinux.com that his backport uses software from unstable, which is compiled to run on Debian stable. This is a great boon to user's of Debian stable that want the stability and security of Debian stable, but with updated software. It is an 'unofficial' backport, but many have provided feedback that they found it useful..."

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