PPA vs. Ubuntu backports vs. getdeb.net vs. ???

Ketil Thorgersen linuxuadio at rytmisk.net
Wed Mar 18 07:22:49 GMT 2009

wayne skrev:
> ahoy all,
>     like many, i am still running Ubuntu Studio (UBS) 8.04 Hardy 
> waiting for Jaunty and the real time kernel.  thanks to everyone for 
> the work/effort to make this distro work.
>     i have been running into some bugs recently that have been fixed 
> in newer versions of the software (e.g. Rosegarden), but i am unsure 
> what is the recommended/safest way to install more recent versions of 
> software.  my main concern is making the upgrade to Jaunty smooth as 
> possible when it arrives.  i am a bit overwhelmed by the choices, and 
> being new to Ubuntu/Debian packages/etc, looking for some guidance.
>     for installing more recent packages in an older release like Hardy 
> 8.04, one seems to have at least 4 options:
> + use a PPA, such as the one provided by Khashayar at 
> https://launchpad.net/~khashayar/+archive 
> <https://launchpad.net/%7Ekhashayar/+archive>
> + enable backports from the Ubuntu, e.g. deb-src 
> http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-backports main restricted 
> universe multiverse
> + simply install deb files from getdeb.net
> + download/compile each project from source to get latest/greatest
>     in general, i assume backports would be a good thing.  
> unfortunately, they do not contain many UBS-related packages.  also, 
> by default it is disabled in apt/sources.list.  is this for a reason?  
> after that, PPA makes the most sense, as new updates will be received 
> "automagically".  however, i am afraid that may hose the inevitable 
> upgrade from Hardy to Intrepid to Jaunty.
>     any comments/advice/rants/etc greatly appreciated.

I guess you know this already, but the new (beta) of 64studio 
(http://www.64studio.com/) is based on ubuntu hardy. I have successfully 
updated a plain ubuntu hardy to their 3.0 beta by adding the 
repositories and installed the appropriate packages. There is a rt 
2.6.29 kernel as well as updated rosegarden ardour and so forth.

Best regards
Ketil Thorgersen

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