A lot of people feel that Debian Sarge is growing old and opt for installing Testing or Unstable instead in order to get the latest packages. The downside of this is that Testing and Unstable is prone to breakage. Backports.org is a repository that has a lot of the latest packages compiled for Sarge so that one can get the latest and greatest packages without having to upgrade the entire system to Testing/ Unstable.
Preparing your system for Backports.org:
Open, as root, the file /etc/apt/sources.list and add the backports repository. A typical sources.list with the backports included might look like this (your sources list might look different, but the important thing here is the Backports entry):
We want to be able to choose what packages we want to install/ upgrade from Backports so we will utilize apt's pinning to give Backports a lower priority than Debian Stable. This is done in the file /etc/apt/preferences by adding an entry for Backports.
You might find that you have no such file, but don't panic! Just create it, as root, with your favorite text editor. The /etc/apt/preferences will typically look something like this (your preferences file might look different. The important thing is the backports entry):
Installing packages from Backports.org:Explanation: see http://www.argon.org/~roderick/apt-pinning.html
Pin: release o=Debian,a=stable
Pin: release a=sarge-backports
Pin: release o=Debian
When you have edited the sources.list and preferences the first thing to do is updating the package list:
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apt-get -t sarge-backports install firefox
Backports disclaimer (READ!!): http://www.backports.org/warnings.html