Re: Preparing for the freeze (was: Obsolete packages in main/oldlibs)
>>>>> On Tue, 22 Sep 1998 14:24:52 +0200
>>>>> "Paul" == Paul Slootman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Paul> On Tue 22 Sep 1998, Michele Comitini wrote:
>> On 21-Sep-98 Christopher C Chimelis wrote:
>> > On Mon, 21 Sep 1998, Paul Slootman wrote:
>> >> Apparently the freeze for slink is about 4 weeks away, and it
>> >> would be cool if Debian/Alpha makes it this time!
>> > I agree. I think we can do it this time around. Any major
>> > problems need to be addressed soon, though, since I think slink's
>> > freeze time will be considerably shorter than hamm's was.
>> The biggest problems I see are:
>> - egcs has still some problems.
Paul> Not enough to hold up the release, I think. Most people who
Paul> want to use Linux on Alpha won't be doing that much compiling,
Paul> and they're stuck with the buggy compilers on RH anyway, so why
Paul> not let them try debian instead?
What exactly are these problems and what on Earth makes you think
people using Linux on Alpha don't do a lot of compiling? I'd have
thought it was the *opposite*.
Apropos of compilers, will the egcs bundled with slink be capable of
compiling the kernel? It would be rather unpleasant to have to
continue dealing with a RedHat-style gcc 188.8.131.52/egcs foo.bar compiler
>> I hope we will not have to wait until 2.2.x kernels are out.
Well, I'm not so sure that'd be a bad thing. Maybe waiting a couple
of months would allow things like libc6, egcs (perhaps even gnome...)
to settle down a bit?
Paul> I don't think so. If Red Hat dare to ask money for their current
Paul> Alpha release, we can release Debian/Alpha 2.1 for free without
Paul> feeling guilty :-)
Good point. I got their 5.1 alpha distribution, and have had problems
(understatement). The libjpeg debacle was the last straw -- I'm about
to switch to Debian. To be honest, I don't care too much about a
couple of rough edges -- I'll almost certainly be buying a slink
CD-ROM in any case. It can't be worse than RedHat's 5.1. I just hate
to think that I might have to go through downloading tens of megabytes
of fixed stuff just because of a release schedule -- I like ID's
it's done when it's done
PS Would it be worth me bringing a UDB from home to a network to test
installs, etc before the slink release? I'm prepared to put some
time in if it's useful.