UI for backports usage

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Wed Oct 24 00:13:34 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 23 October 2007 19:22, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> On Oct 23, 2007, at 11:10 PM, Daniel Holbach wrote:
> > ...
> > Let's imagine that somebody has an interest in just the latest version
> > of blender on his stable system. That user does not want to upgrade to
> > all packages available in the backports repository, but just the
> > backported version of blender.
> >
> > How could something like this be realised in a user-friendly way?
> > ...
> Perhaps a "New Versions" item in the navigation list for the package
> manager, next to the items for minor updates, but different from those
> items in that all its packages would be unselected by default.
> Cheers

How about apt/adept/nautilus changes so that only packages installed from 
backports can be upgraded by backports.  Then it would be safe to just enable 
the repository and install things you wanted from there.  There would also 
need to be U/I to install from the regular distro repo if the backport was 
not wanted.

I think that, more cleanly, gets at the heart of the matter.  Packages not 
selected by the user to be installed from backports should not be upgraded 
from backports.

Scott K

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