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ensens 20th February 2009 16:34

The Perfect Desktop Debian Lenny: Configure Additional Repositories
 
Hello,

I'm new to Debian. And, after reading "The Perfect Desktop - Debian Lenny" I have questions. My questions are regarding the steps on page 2, for section 5, "Configure Additional Repositories".

I will list my original "sources.list" file. Then I will write about accessing the "Software Sources" dialogue box from the "Synaptic Package Manager".

My original sources.list file:
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.0 _Lenny_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20090214-16:03]/ lenny main
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.0 _Lenny_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20090214-16:03]/ lenny main
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main
deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main
deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main
deb-src http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main

First, I noticed that I had volatile while in the "The Perfect Desktop - Debian Lenny" document there is no volatile entry in the sources.list file. Why is there a volatile entry in my sources.list file? What is the volatile repository?

Secondly, when I open "Synaptic Package Manager" and click "Settings->Repositories" I'm shown the "Software Sources" window box. Next, when I click the tab labeled "Debian Software" I see the section "Downloadable from the Internet" with only the following two boxes checked "Officially supported (main) and Source code. Unchecked are both the "DFSG-compatible Software with Non-Free Dependencies (contrib)" and the "Non-DFSG-compatible Software (non-free)".

So, please explain what the following two are and why they can't simply be checked at this point:
DFSG-compatible Software with Non-Free Dependencies (contrib)-
Non-DFSG-compatible Software (non-free)

Third, you wrote to add the Debian-Multimedia repository. But the web page you have doesn't show the repository for the United States. Would you please let me know.

Thank you for your time and help.

Hans 21st February 2009 01:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by ensens (Post 170697)
What is the volatile repository?

Here is some information about it.


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