Are there alternate repositories for debian than:
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
Because stuff placed in there is really old. What can I do? Can I use arch's AUR somehow?
AFAIK you cannot use arch's AUR on debian but you can switch to testing.
You should substitute the word "stable" with testing in order to use these more updated repositories.
Change your /etc/apt/source.list file replacing "stable" with "testing". For the provided line it would be like this:
Now you have to update your local repository database:
Then do a safe upgrade:
And finally, perform a full upgrade:
When finished, restart and you should be running testing.
From my point of view, testing is a nice balance between stability and recent packages. If you want to go for the latest packages you can use "unstable" instead, but I wouldn't recomend that.
This issue is clearly addressed in the Debian FAQ - Chapter 3 - Choosing a Debian distribution and not only explains why you should choose a particular Debian distribution, but how to upgrade it if you want newer packages.
You should also read up on apt-pinning and the
There are the
As for AUR, you can't use it on Debian.