"If you run a stable system, you don't have to miss out on the
latest and greatest releases of your favorite applications--just
use a backport to get a package of a new release that's been
'back-ported' to your older distribution.
"Backports are new software releases--often beta or development
releases--that are recompiled under the libraries and environment
of an older distribution, so that they can be run on 'stable'
systems that haven't yet upgraded to all the latest software. They
allow you to run recent versions of your favorite software
applications--versions that your system wouldn't otherwise meet the
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