Software updates intervals in Ubuntu

Ioannis Vranos ivranos at
Tue Mar 25 19:23:27 UTC 2008

Andy wrote:
> On 25/03/2008, Ioannis Vranos <ivranos at> wrote:
>> Hi, is the software provided by Ubuntu (in my case Ubuntu 7.10 x86)
>>  updated on some specific time intervals
> A new version of the OS (including packaged software) is normally
> updated every 6 months. To get more frequent updates you can use the
> "backports" repository.
> Security updates are released as and when they are required.

Why the backports repository is called "backports"?

As an example, I had installed Audacity 1.3.3-beta with Synaptic, and
when I enabled updates from the "backports" repository I got the latest

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