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I installed Xubuntu 11.10 and Ubuntu 11.10 in both the oneric-backport is enabled by default.

Any ideas why?

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Canonical's decision? Uncomment it if you don't like it. :) – Shiki Nov 1 '11 at 19:01
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This was a decision they made to help people get the best drivers for their systems. There was a bug created here:

And here was the spec discussion:

And here is the quote from the release notes:

Backports are now more easily accessible

To enable users to more easily receive new versions of software, the Ubuntu Backports repository is now enabled by default. Packages from backports will not be installed by default — they must explicitly be selected in package management software. However, once installed, packages from backports will automatically be upgraded to newer versions.

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