I was very much at home with my mighty Debian untill I was lured by GIMP 2.8.
I knew Debian Squeeze repo will never have it. So, looked for backports. Nothing there too. Then tried backporting it myself. It is not as easy as:
mv gimp-2.8.0.tar.bz2 /tmp/
tar xf gimp-2.8.0.tar.bz2
make all && make install
there's much more. Compiling it is really tough, you'll be flooded with errors related to missing packages, flags and lots more. Then I took the easy path of pulling it down from testing repository by adding:
deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/ testing main
then configuring apt pin priorities to make testing version as additional to prevent distribution wide updrade by putting:
Pin: release a=stable
Pin: release a=testing
apt-get -t testing install gimp
Holy shit! It almost installed truck loads of packages from testing. Finally I fucked my Debian Stable. It now feels slow, sound stopped working, it shows tons of boot error messages.
Dear linux distribution enthusiasts please bring out some api/abi that doesn't change every fortnight. 99% users love stability more than the shiny non-working stuff that doesn't bring any perceivable difference to their lives.