Backports service becoming official
The Debian Project is proud to announce that the backports service,
previously available at www.backports.org
is now an official Debian
service and will be available from backports.debian.org
Backports are packages from the testing distribution recompiled for the
current stable (or even oldstable) to provide users of the stable
distribution with new versions of some packages, like the Linux kernel,
the Iceweasel browser or the OpenOffice.org suite, without sacrificing
the general stability of the system.
The archive currently has packages backported for the Lenny distribution
(how many?), but the infrastructure to accept packages for the upcoming
Squeeze release is already in place, to allow Debian Installer images to
configure the backports repository by default without generating errors
on user systems. The service for Squeeze will be enabled at a later
date, after the release.
Because of some limitations in the Debian Bug Tracking System, any bugs
relevant to backported packages still have to be reported to the
debian-backports list, which will now also move on lists.debian.org.