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Old 05-10-2004, 04:08 PM   #1
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waiting for packages?

Hi guys,

I read some things about that with debian one has to wait for packages to be ready for debian. And that, because of the large time between releases one is stick with older packages.
But isn't it also possible on debian to compile a package yourself from source? Or are there any specialties about the debian file system that makes programs need adjustments before they can be used?
Old 05-10-2004, 04:58 PM   #2
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In my opinion one doesn't have to wait really long if one uses the Debian's testing or unstable versions as they tend to get new stuff pretty quickly.
The stable on the other hand is updated very rarely - the current stable is about two years old now, which makes it a bit unfunny to deal with for desktop/workstation purposes.

So if you want to have a much more up-to-date system, I suggest that you upgrade to testing. I have written some documentation about how to do that:

Or if you don't want to go all the way over to testing or unstable just pick and choose some things from them. Here is a document that describes how to do that:

And if you absolutely don't want to use anything from testing or unstable, you can look at what is available from

And of course you can compile things yourself as well.
Old 05-11-2004, 08:26 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. I'd rather try and compile things myself (and trying to rule in dependency hell) than waiting for 2 years to update a program. just wanted to make sure that was possible.


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