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jayclark
October 29th, 2004, 01:40 PM
I think we all want newer packges that have plenty of fixes and adds ons. Such as Gdesklets. A lot has happen in with Gdesklets since the version already in the depositories. Or just want to have the latest and the greatest. Go to

http://www1.apt-get.org/ (its a search engine for depositories.)

Click on- Search for a package

Select your arch for your pc. In my case for a Pentium 3 I choose i386.

Then search for the package you want.

Now we need to add the repository to you sources list.

Open the terminal and type sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
You'll see some text with sources. I always add new sources one line below the last one.
To do this type i, put to cursor to where you want the source at (it really dosen't matter where but as I said I perfer the below the last source)
Then add the soruce such as

deb http://j.portalier.free.fr/debian testing main

Now press esc. Then type this to write and save the file :wq
This will bring you back to the main console screen.

Now we need to get the package information off the server you can do this by sudo apt-get update or with synaptic by clicking reload.

Now you have newer packages for that file you want or that package that you need. Have fun.

*Note some of these packages are bleeding edge and they could have bugs and might cause instability try to only use packages you know to be stable.

cacofonix
October 29th, 2004, 02:02 PM
Thanks for the tip Jay :) I think the Pentium 3 is 686 processor

jayclark
October 29th, 2004, 02:06 PM
Really? I always though it was i386. Learn something new everyday :)

jdong
October 29th, 2004, 04:05 PM
i686's are Pentium PROs and up. Check your uname -a output to be sure.

flygmaskin
October 29th, 2004, 07:02 PM
Just remember that using unofficial repositories increases the risk of your system being borked.

jayclark
October 30th, 2004, 12:08 AM
Thanks for pointing that out. I though I added that to the how to, I only use it for software packages such as gaim, wine, etc. I never use it to upgrade anything that deals with the inner layers of the os. Pentium 3's are i686. But as some say that i386 and i686 isn't a big difference when it comes to packages. I don't know, but I don't like to mix packages of different arch.

jdong
October 30th, 2004, 01:28 PM
mixing arches has no bad side effects; the problems result when the .deb's are compiled against different library versions.

securitybreach
November 10th, 2004, 06:26 PM
Pentium 3's are i686. But as some say that i386 and i686 isn't a big difference when it comes to packages. I don't know, but I don't like to mix packages of different arch.

I have a P3 1.13ghz and my uname -a lists :
Linux securitybreach 2.6.8.1-3-386 #1 Tue Oct 12 12:41:57 BST 2004 i686 GNU/Linux. This seems odd to me.

allen
November 10th, 2004, 06:39 PM
I have a P3 1.13ghz and my uname -a lists :
Linux securitybreach 2.6.8.1-3-386 #1 Tue Oct 12 12:41:57 BST 2004 i686 GNU/Linux. This seems odd to me.
you are on a kernel compiled for i386 arch but are on an i686 processor.

you can upgrade to i686 by typing...

sudo apt-get install linux-686

... in the command line for minor (if any) speed improvements.

securitybreach
November 10th, 2004, 07:35 PM
Thanx for the quick response