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Instant Debian – Build a Web Server by José Miguel Parrella

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Keeping your system up-to-date (Simple)

While some people would rather develop, test, and deploy only on one set of software releases and would rather not change that in years, others would like to stay on the bleeding edge of software.

Getting ready

There are two reasons why updating is important on Debian, for a production server:

  • Patching security problems, which are usually well-known and may have exploits in the wild through package updates released by the security team and distributed through a special repository
  • Making sure there is binary compatibility between all the packages in your system (or explicitly break it)

For example, if you were running squeeze (the previous stable version, also known as oldstable antecessor to wheezy) with applications ...

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