libjpeg vs. libjpeg-turbo

Russell Jones russell.jones at
Fri May 22 05:03:17 PDT 2015

On 22/05/15 09:57, René J.V. Bertin wrote:
> ... different updating schemes that would allow the user to select between always having the latest version of everything, and something that provides more long-term stability. But then I'm not even sure if Debian/Ubuntu really allow the user to configure such a choice (despite having an urgency indicator on each package version).
Well, there sort of is. There're four levels, roughly, oldstable 
(previous release), stable (current release, roughly every two years), 
testing (looks like it works, might be broken) and sid/unstable (update 
ALL the things) There's also experimental for people to test packaging 
scripts, etc, and I think unmaintained packages are removed.

MP does experimental with local port repos, I guess. Ports seem to vary 
between testing and no maintainer (not an unknown problem in Debian ). Flagging the 
port status is a good idea, but I think definitions and maybe a harder 
division than that is required. PyPI allows that information to be 
stored ("Development Status" ), but (that I've seen) 
it's not part of a process in the way it is with Debian.

Ubuntu is a fork of testing that then get stabilised and added to 
independently. This happens every six months, with a new five year 
supported version every couple of years 
.  They have varied levels of support reflected in their repository 
structure (main, restricted, universe, multiverse ) where the same 
divisions in Debian are more to do with licensing.


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