[ubuntu-za] APT Sources differences

Piet Beukes zabear1 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 09:37:28 GMT 2009


Thanx Morgan, now I also know - always wondered
Rusty

On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 12:48 PM, Morgan Collett <morgan at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 10:18, Michael <milegrin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Greetings
> >
> >  Maybe a doff question but what are the differences between the
> > following in /etc/apt/sources.list :
> >  (writing a little APT Sources howto/guide/doc for myself and some
> > newbies at work and some of it is commented in the default
> > sources.list but not everything)
> >
> > deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ <DIST> main
>
> Used during development of the version (intrepid, for example) and up
> to the release date.
>
> > deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ <DIST>-updates main (major
> > bug fixes after dist release)
>
> Yes.
>
> > deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ <DIST>-security main (thought
> > security fixes were also in the first one?)
>
> Security fixes are separated, possibly so that people can choose to
> enable -security but not -updates if they want the minimum amount of
> updates to stay secure.
>
> > deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ <DIST>-backports main
> > (untested newer versions?)
>
> Unofficial backports from a future version - e.g. jaunty packages
> rebuilt for intrepid
>
> > deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ <DIST>-proposed main (no idea)
>
> The place packages land before they appear in -updates. This gives an
> opportunity for brave souls to test updates before they appear for
> everyone.
>
> >
> > Then the sub-types
> > main    : the main repository
>
> officially supported, free packages
>
> > restricted      : non-free stuff?
>
> officially supported, non-free packages
>
> > universe        : un-supported stuff but what is in it? Newer stuff?
>
> Community-maintained, free packages
>
> > multiverse : un-supported stuff but how is it different from universe?
>
> Community-maintained non-free packages
>
> Main and restricted packages are given special attention by core
> developers - mostly Canonical employees. Expect these packages to be
> well tested.
>
> Universe and multiverse are maintained by MOTU - Masters of the
> Universe, a community team. These repos include many packages synced
> from debian unstable and not tested unless someone has a specific
> interest in them and cares for them.
>
> Regards
> Morgan
>
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