Re: shortening release cycles
On Jul 11, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> * stop accepting new packages until the release manager is happy
> about the state of the distribution
> -- I think this is the best yet -- basically, an early freeze
> with the possibility of unfreezing?
I'm not sure what this buys us, and I don't see the point of being
able to "unfreeze." I suppose I could see us deciding not to release
potato after freezing it, perhaps if XFree 4.0 came out. Once we've
done the frozen/unstable fork, it's hard to "thaw out" again (since
unstable would now be woody)... either one or the other names would
have to be dropped, confusion would ensue, etc. I suppose we could
have freezes without an unstable fork, but I think it would detract
from Debian's appeal to power users (after all, I think we're the only
distribution that lets our users ride the bleeding edge with daily
Here's my 3X+1 week (X >= 3) "frozen to stable" plan.
1. Stop adding binaries to the override files for pending release. At
this point, unstable becomes frozen: No package reorganizations
that add binary packages allowed during freeze. No new source
2. (1)+X weeks: Stop allowing bugfix uploads to frozen that fix bugs
of severity <= Normal.
3. (2)+X weeks: Stop allowing uploads to frozen that don't fix dependency
problems, Release Critical bugs, or architecture autobuild problems.
4. (3)+X weeks: Absolute freeze. Binary-only architecture sync
5. (4)+1 week: Release. Old stable wanders off to stud.
Any of these conditions could be overriden by the release manager, the
project leader, or the technical committee. Or presumably by general
On boot-floppies issues (my debian-boot subscription request is in the
mail): I do think we need at least "close to working" boot floppies by
the freeze date. No, I have absolutely no clue how to go about doing
that. I will try to get a working Linux/APUS (PowerPC Amiga) config
Chris, who interrupted this post to deal with the acrid smoke coming
from his 7 year old Commodore-Amiga 1960 monitor.
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