Debian Backports is now official

This great news for the team.

Mailing list link:

> Backports service becoming official
> >
> The Debian Project is proud to announce that the backports service,
> previously available at is now an official Debian
> service and will be available at
> Backports are packages from the testing distribution recompiled for the
> current stable (or even oldstable) release to provide users of the stable
> distribution with new versions of certain packages, like the Linux kernel,
> the Iceweasel browser or the suite, without sacrificing
> the overall stability of the system.
> The archive currently has packages backported for the Lenny distribution.
> (how many?) As the infrastructure to accept packages for the upcoming
> Squeeze release is already in place, this allows 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 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 to


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