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Old 11-13-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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Can I Upgrade Gnome 2.24

Is there a preferred method in Debian that allows me to get Gnome 2.24 installed on Lenny? I don't have any 'unstable' repo's in my source list and have never mixed anything so I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions...
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I don't use or follow Gnome any longer and I don't know where it's at in Lenny or Sid, so take all this with a grain of salt. In general, the preferred method of upgrading is probably "wait until it hits your branch." If you want it earlier, you can try to mix branches (lenny + sid or lenny + sid + experimental even). Alternatively, you can try to compile your own version of 2.24.

Those are the basic options, and they each have pros and cons. I don't think that there is one, obvious better answer. One issue right now is that Lenny is frozen (pre-release) and Sid has slowed down too, because of Lenny's freeze. So changes right now are probably going to be slow in arriving.
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Add the additional problem that for now, during this soon to release a new stable freeze period, there isn't even a newer set of Gnome packages in unstable or experimental. So unless someone has posted a bunch of debs or created a private repo accessible for the public, one would need to compile all of a newer Gnome set.

So, for now, the best option for a Debian user appears to be to just wait until all this freeze stuff is done with and then periodically check with a search for gnome-core in all distributions to watch when the newer Gnome packages start appearing. I suspect they'll go right into Sid along with KDE4 stuff when development starts on the next stable, which is immediately after Lenny goes official.

Even then, the most secure option is to stay with Stable (Lenny) for the couple of initial months it will take for the testing security repo to startup. As soon as that's announced, then I'm certain most desktop users will join the testing (Squeeze) party, us usual. Then we'll have the fun of daily getting updated to software that is actually newer than most distros have, being that the other guys are held back to waiting 6 months for the next version of their distro to be released in order to get the newer software. Debian testing gets pretty cutting edge at times! This (the freeze period) is not one of those times.


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