Alexander Wirt announced that the lenny-backports suite is ready for uploads:

“I’m proud to announce the start of the lenny-backports distribution. All  contributors are now asked to provide new backports also for lenny-backports. But that does not mean etch-backports is dead, we will continue support for etch-backports as long as there is security support for oldstable (aka etch).”

etch-backports will still be supported for as long as there is security support for debian etch (now oldstable). People using etch-backports should probably upgrade to lenny anyway, and stop using the backports as this can now bring their system into an unstable state and break a clean upgrade path to lenny, if using potential newer packages than then one in lenny at this time.

To use the lenny-backports suite, you have to add a new line in your apt.sources:

deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free

and refresh the indexes with aptitude update. You can install the backports key by:

aptitude install debian-backports-keyring

and install a package using:

aptitude -t lenny-backports install <package>

For more details check: http://www.backports.org

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