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Old 12-06-2004, 05:35 PM   #1
Eklipz
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Up-to-dateness of Debian Packages


I've heard from many sources that Debian packages, for the most part, are very out of date, in favor of promoting stability. One question I have though, is about how Debian package providers handle security updates. Lets say, for example, that I had an apache webserver running which was the latest version. Tomorrow night, a security flaw is uncovered, and apache releases a new version with a fix to this security flaw. Would it be reasonable to assume that shortly after the new version is released, an apt-get upgrade would update my apache server to the newest version? Or is Debian generally slower about this so I would be required to upgrade on my own?

I'm not asking specifically about apache, but this was rather just an example piece of software. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 12-06-2004, 06:06 PM   #2
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that all depends on which version of debian you have. I run sid for the most part and I'm running gnome 2.8 and kde 3.3 as well as the 2.6.9 kernel. woody and sarge are very stable and I have had no problems running sid the unstable branch.

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Old 12-06-2004, 07:37 PM   #3
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So youre saying that important applications such as the appache would be out of date security-wise in the stable distribution? That doesn't sound very appealing...
 
Old 12-06-2004, 08:00 PM   #4
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the versions of apache that are in sid right now are 2.0.52 and also 1.3.33. Also when security alerts come out, the patches and security fixes are added right away as long as they don't break anything
 
Old 12-06-2004, 08:02 PM   #5
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one nice thing i have found with debian is that you can be as stable or as up-to-date as you want to be. I like being a little on the cutting edge, but not to the point of crashing my system.

debian gives me that choice with stable testing and unstable sources.
 
Old 12-07-2004, 11:23 AM   #6
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Debian Testing and Unstable are development branches and they don't receive security fixes. If you want a stable and secure server system, go for the latest official Debian Stable release. http://www.debian.org/security/
 
Old 12-07-2004, 12:36 PM   #7
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In my short time with Debian, I agree with Dead Parrot. Stable is great for servers. I have it running on a pentuim 166 for a temporary remote backup and its great. Sid (testing) however also runs quite well for me as a desktop os.
 
  


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