Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: Debian stable or testing? apt-get or yum? etc.
/etc/apt/sources.list, if no version of the backported package exists at all in Stable, as is he case for e.g.:
then the package does not show up when I do "deb http://www.backports.org/debian/ woody smartmontools
dpkg -l packagename", but if I install it with "
apt-get install packagename" it installs just fine.
On the other hand, if the same package does exist already in Stable, as is the case with Mozzilla, then nothing I do with apt-get and friends will install or upgrade the package!
What am I missing here? How do I upgrade to backported packages like Mozilla 1.6?deb http://www.backports.org/debian woody mozilla
Oh yes, you did an apt-get upgrade after chaning /etc/apt/sources.list, right?
I'm afraid, though, of leaving my SuSE install: the fear is not being able to install debian, and loose SuSE. In which case I will be left with an unusable computer, a dead box and no connection to the internet (no advice, no help). I have just one computer, and I'm alone.
Also, I could not enable floppy/CD/CDwriter on my computer (linux is not so easy as they say), so that there is no way for me to backup any data (apart from sending a very few files to yahoo suitcase).
Joel --> be happy with unstable.
Roberto --> stable + backports.
Please Joel and Roberto, could you suggest which debian version will be my doom? Which will I try and install?
I've tried to install OpenACS for long, but it was far too difficult to me. Now that 5 is ready I will try again, with the hope that instructions are really step-by-step, maybe with examples, and plain English (not computer-jargon).
First I will (try to) install debian. Which one, stable or unstable?
P.S. The only debian experience that made me happy is knoppix. I've read of some knoppix/OACS thing. Would that be interesting to a basic user (me)? Or is it just a demo disk, nothing usable?
Thanks for your help.
Since I've just spent most of two days trying to use debian to upgrade kde from 3.1 to 3.2, my advice today is to not use a computer.