On supporting fast moving target packages (antispam, etc.)

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Wed Aug 10 02:30:40 CDT 2005

Hi jorge!

jorge o. castro [2005-08-10  0:48 -0400]:
> At our local LUG meeting today a newish Ubuntu user asked me about how
> Ubuntu handles "fast moving" packages that need frequent updates,
> specifically for server side tools like windows AV software (for
> scanning samba shares), antispam software, etc. etc.
> As far as I know, there is a project that handles this for Debian,
> http://volatile.debian.net/, but I am unfamiliar with it and its quality.
> I was wondering if there has been any talk about how to handle packages
> like this for breezy+1.

We now officially support the Ubuntu backports project which
frequently provides interesting packages from the development release
for the latest stable one. I think this suits perfectly to handle
this use case as well. However, right now you don't get e. g. Breezy
versions for Warty (only for Hoary), but rather than adding yet
another project, I'd rather extend the backports project to provide
a small subset of packages for older stables.


Martin Pitt              http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer   http://www.ubuntulinux.org
Debian Developer        http://www.debian.org
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