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Backports, the benefits and the consequences.

Ubuntu Studio is happy to announce that backports are going to be rolling out soon and the first one will be Ardour. Backports are newer versions of applications, ported back to stable versions of the system.

For example in the case of Ardour, Ubuntu Studio users running 14.04 or 16.04 will be able to have the latest version, available in 16.10 (development), without upgrading the entire system.

This is a great thing, and with great power comes great responsibility: Backports have to be manually installed by the user, and the user will be required to carefully think about the possible consequences.

The new version may be better, but it could also have some new bugs not found yet, and sometimes the new version might use a newer data format that is not backwards compatible.

This means that if you are in the middle of a project, backporting your tools can potentially compromise your projects deadline, or worse.

Whatever mistake you make, you can of course always roll back, but remember: Better safe than sorry – always back up your project data before installing a backport.

In order to be able to provide you with backports for other pieces of software shipped with Ubuntu Studio, the development team could need a hand. If you have a little spare time that you can share with the community, here is how you can help out.

You will find a list of the status of the work here:

Here are instructions on how to get set up to backport with generic details of the process:

And here is the Ubuntu Studio specific process:

Please feel welcome and invited to ask the Ubuntu Studio development team for more details, help, instructions, or suggest a package for backporting by stopping by our IRC channel #ubuntustudio-devel on Freenode:

…or by dropping an email on our mailing list:

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