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Ubuntu Devs Discuss Backports Changes

I’m greedy when it comes to software: I like having code that works, but I also want the very latest stable versions of my applications.  Ubuntu does a good job satisfying the former demand, but it lags behind other distributions when it comes to keeping its repositories up-to-date.  Fortunately, this issue has caught the attention of Ubuntu developers as of late, who have been discussing changes to the backports system.  Here are the details.

Before going further, I should acknowledge that Ubuntu’s policy on software packages–which is to keep versions the same for the lifetime of each release–is well reasoned and deliberate.  It helps ensure consistency across different iterations of Ubuntu and protects unwitting users from bleeding-edge, unstable code.

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