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Old 02-14-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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Debian woes


I have heard Debian flaunted as a magnificent distro. It's apt-get program is quite ingenious. But, if it's so good, why is everything so darn old?!? I went to install Gaim and it's version 0.56 [newest is 1.13]. I went to update KDE but it says I have the newest version at 2.2.5.

Oh why?
 
Old 02-14-2005, 06:02 PM   #2
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You're using Woody which is old. Sarge is newer. Change your /etc/apt/sources.list to point at Sarge. Replace "woody" with "sarge". Run "apt-get update" && "apt-get dist-upgrade".
 
Old 02-14-2005, 06:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip. I was under the impression [new to Debian] that woody was the newest.

One more question: how do you update your source list to download updates/programs and whatnot? Right now I believe that mine is set only to CD and I need to add HTTP/FTP.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 06:39 PM   #4
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Here's mine, change the adresses to whatever is closer to you. You can also run "apt-setup" to change the sources.list.

# sarge/testing sources

deb ftp://ftp.debian.nl/debian/ sarge main non-free contrib
#deb-src ftp://ftp.debian.nl/debian/ sarge main non-free contrib
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US sarge/non-US main contrib non-free
#deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US sarge/non-US main contrib non-free

# sid/unstable sources

#deb ftp://ftp.debian.nl/debian/ sid main non-free contrib
#deb-src ftp://ftp.debian.nl/debian/ sid main non-free contrib
#deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US sid/non-US main contrib non-free
#deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US sid/non-US main contrib non-free

# security updates ones sarge is stable

deb http://security.debian.org/ sarge/updates main
#deb-src http://security.debian.org/ sarge/updates main

# local files

deb file:///root/debs ./

Debian is short:
Woody - latest stable release
Sarge - currently the testing version, next in line to become the new stable version (Woody will then go to the archives)
Sid - the eternal unstable version

Stable is a safe choice for servers, little maintenance, few updates
Sarge is newer and get's it's updates of releases through Sid
Sid has the latest packages and the most bugs, it works well generally, but certain bugs can destroy your installation. It's your choice.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 10:23 PM   #5
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You can read apt-howto:

http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/ap.../index.en.html

Then you can go to debian.org for the list of debian mirrors closest to you and use them as your sources. You can install from sources too (read apt-howto ).
 
Old 02-16-2005, 01:13 AM   #6
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yeah, apt-setup is the bomb.
 
Old 02-16-2005, 01:19 AM   #7
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Run
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apt-setup
in the terminal after becoming root. You can add sources from various FTP, HTTP mirrors. Choose the official Debian as one of your mirrors and also add more mirrors in locations closest to you.
 
Old 02-16-2005, 03:03 AM   #8
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in your sources.list, don't replace "woody" with "sarge", but with "testing".
that way you won't be stuck again with Debian stable (which is going to be sarge soon (?))...
 
  


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