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Old 07-03-2005, 06:26 AM   #1
riggzby
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Post sid repository packages


Hi,

Am I wrong in thinking that the sid branch of debian contains the most up-to-date or bleeding edge packages?

Ive currently got my sources.list file pointing at:
deb f t p://ftp.us.debian.org/debian sid main contrib non-free

This repository contains lots of packages, but so many of them seem to be out of date, for example there are none of the KDE 3.4 applications and the version of the Eclipse platform in there is version 2.1 (the latest version at time of writing is 3.1).

Im new to using debian-based setups and have found the apt utility excellent for getting new software quickly and without worrying about dependancies but Id love to get some of the newer versions of software onto my PC.

Am I looking in the wrong place? Should I use multiple repositories? (such as a dedicated repository for each application Im after - if so, which ones?).

Any guideance would be greatly appreciated.

Riggzby
 
Old 07-03-2005, 07:57 AM   #2
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You might want to check out experimental. But you'll probably have some bugs in there. Packages move through the different repositories over time if they're tested long enough. It often takes some time before the really new versions are in sid. It all depends on how fast the maintainer gets the new version in I think.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 09:53 AM   #3
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deb http://pkg-kde.alioth.debian.org/kde-3.4.0 ./
deb http://pkg-kde.alioth.debian.org/kde-3.4.1 ./

you could try that. If you really want kde 3.4
 
Old 07-03-2005, 10:28 AM   #4
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I wouldn't worry that much about the new KDE (3.4), does it have so many new features that you absolutely need it ???

I also used to want all the latest packages, but looking at the actual improvements (well, especially the improvements you really are going to use) I noticed that there wasn't that big of a difference between the different versions (I waited a long time for KDE 3.2, and when I got it, I didn't see why I had wanted it so badly all those months )

About Eclipse. I'm an Eclipse user myself too. What I do is manually install the Java SDK from Sun in my user-directory and add the system variables (JAVA, JAVA_HOME, etc.) to my users .bash_rc file (this way only my user can use Java). Next, download Eclipse 3.02 from the Eclipse site, install (it's actually just unpacking) it in your home-directory. Next, create a launcher that launches Eclipse and specify on the launch command the location of the JVM to be used by Eclipse (I think it's the option '-vm').

Works great on my system.

Good luck.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 10:33 AM   #5
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Well kde is supposed to be a bit quicker than earlier versions. I tried the debian sid version (3.3.2) though and it was a lot faster than it was when I last used it a year ago. Still not going to use it though
 
Old 07-03-2005, 10:33 AM   #6
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In kde 3.4 i have seen some good speed improvements, and also its abit more kind with my 256 of RAM these days.
 
  


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