Staging area for hardy-proposed ?

Jan Claeys lists at
Fri Jun 6 20:05:00 BST 2008

Op woensdag 04-06-2008 om 18:25 uur [tijdzone -0700], schreef Matt
> I think of -proposed as something we would like to encourage people to
> use, so that the packages there can be tested by the more adventurous
> among us before being released to all Ubuntu users.

Just recently, I told somebody on IRC to try out the new libgksu version
in -proposed, as he suffered from one of the bugs it supposedly fixes.

In the discussion that followed, most of us agreed that one shouldn't
use -proposed on a PC that's important to work & keep working (e.g. you
realy need it for school/work).  But we also agreed that testing
packages in -proposed makes Ubuntu better.

The main reason why I don't like to tell people to enable the -proposed
repository is that that way they will "automaticly" get *all* packages
in -proposed, including some where they might not know how to recover
from bugs (e.g. the kernel or Xorg or main system libraries).

If they are experienced enough I tell them to enable it, install the
package(s) they want and then disable it again, but for really
inexperienced users this is too complicated.

So, providing a special (virtual?) repository that only makes available
those packages that might help to fix a bug would be really great...

Jan Claeys

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