Selective backport support - was Re: #1 Complaint about Ubuntu: Updates break things

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Mon Dec 29 15:16:02 GMT 2008

On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 08:35:21 +0100 Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at> 
>Alberto Milone [2008-12-20 10:29 +0100]:
>> This approach has at least one drawback though. Do we really want users 
>> keep the backports enabled all the time? It would be nice if users had 
an easy 
>> way to tell Update Manager to update only binary graphics drivers from 
>> backports as I'm convinced that many users want a stable environment 
(i.e. no 
>> other backported packages) with extended hardware support (e.g for the 
>> card models) or with increased performance or simply with bugfixes in 
>> graphics driver.
>That's actually possible if you enable *-backports only for
>restricted, but not for main/universe.

We have a proposal for a more general solution on the table that I'd really 
like to see people get behind:

Scott K

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