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HELP: MX Debian Backports Installer

—NOTE: This package is deprecated from MX-16.1 on, having been merged with MX Package Installer

Allows the user to browse and install packages from the Debian Backports Repository directly without the need to first enable the backports repository or without having to deal with the complex pinning system in use by Debian Backports. The Backports repo will be enabled as needed and then disabled after the selected apps are installed.

Debian Backports is similar to our own MX Repository, in that more up to date applications than are currently available in the Main Debian Stable repositories are made available on a case by case basis.

True to the mission of Debian Backports, this app does not do system upgrades. For more information on the Debian Backports System, check out

Debian Backports contains packages taken from the next Debian release (called “testing”), adjusted and recompiled for usage on Debian stable. They cannot be tested as extensively as in the stable releases of Debian and MX Linux, and are provided on an as-is basis, with risk of incompatibilities with other components in Debian stable. Use with care!

Install Apps

Check the boxes of any apps that you wish to have installed. Once selections are complete, press “Install” button to start installation. Standard debian package management tools (apt-get) will be used to install the packages and required dependencies.

Tips and Tricks

  • This app only installs packages. Use synaptic or other standard debian apt tools for uninstall chores.
  • Upgradebable packages will have an icon beside the checkbox.
  • Packages that are already the latest version are “greyed” out.
  • Hover over an item to see version and status type information.
  • Press Cntrl+F to bring focus to the search box.

Development history: Adrian, Dolphin_Oracle

License: here.

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