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Debian volatile replaced by new updates suite

The Debian Volatile archive is discontinued starting from the upcoming
Debian release 6.0 (“Squeeze”). It is replaced by the suite squeeze-updates on the official mirrors. Its management will move to the Debian Release Team, who already manage regular updates to Debian
stable and oldstable.

The squeeze-updates suite is carried by all official mirrors[0] just
like Squeeze itself. To use it, a snippet such as the following can be
used in /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb squeeze-updates main


Announcements about stable updates pushed through squeeze-updates will
be published on To subscribe
please visit its web page[1].


This suite will contain updates that satisfy one of the following

* The update is urgent and not of a security nature. Security updates
will continue to be pushed through the security archive. Examples
include packages broken by the flow of time (c.f. spamassassin and
the year 2010 problem) and fixes for bugs introduced by point

* The package in question is a data package and the data must be
updated in a timely manner (e.g. tzdata).

* Fixes to leaf packages that were broken by external changes (e.g.
video downloading tools and tor).

* Packages that need to be current to be useful (e.g. clamav).

These updates will also be included in the next stable point release
after the announcement. Regular updates not fitting the criteria above
will be pushed through point releases according to the rules of the
Stable Release Management.

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free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of
the largest and most influential open source projects. Over a thousand
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
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