[kwlug-disc] definition of debian's "stable"?

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Mon Aug 17 15:39:48 EDT 2009

On Mon, 2009-08-17 at 03:14 -0400, Chris Frey wrote:

> This is the Windows mentality that's getting in everyone's way.
> Sure, sometimes you do need to download a random package off the interwebs
> and pray that it isn't trojaned.  But with Debian, that need is
> far down the list.  It would be nice if it were easier, but then you
> bring along some of same the security problems that Vista tried to solve
> and got the smack down for.

The average desktop user can do this by clicking on a .deb and having it
open in gdebi-gtk (the default in Ubuntu, anyway). It will install
dependancies from apt, and the local deb. Lots of Ubuntu users do this
using sites like getdeb and playdeb.

And actually, I never realized there is actually a console app included
in the gdebi-core package that would do what Rob wanted originally.

Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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