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Re: [RFR] Release Announce draft at wiki

On Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 08:06:56PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Wednesday 13 February 2008, Otavio Salvador wrote:
> > Please take a look at current Release Announce[1] draft. It has some
> > XXX strings that need to be fixed and also general improvement.
> I've finally taken a look at the "draft", but IMO it's *far* from ready.
> The main problems with the current draft are:
> - it's way too long
> - it seems to have been compiled with no clear idea of who the target
>   audience is

I do agree that the current draft does not look like a release
announcement.  But the document I had initially written was actually
meant to be a part of it, as a simple, human-readable compilations of
the various changes in the installer since Etch.

kernelnewbies.org does a great job in providing such changelogs for each
new kernel version.  These documents have proven very useful and
informative over time for someone like me: enthusiastic but not
subscribed to LKML.  I had the same target in mind while writing this: a
lot of people are interested about what's happening for Debian, not all
of them read debian-boot…

> […]
> The target audience for the announcement are _users_, not D-I developers. 
> This means that any internal/technical changes should just not be included. 
> People that customize D-I can be expected to check the changelogs for 
> individual components.

I strongly disagree.  It took me more than a full day to produce this
"changelog" after reviewing more than 1400 entries spread in more than
140 packages.  We create d-i as easily extensible, easily preseedable,
and yet we should not give an easy way to know what have happened
between major releases?

As a person working on custom installers based on stable releases, I
will definitely be glad to have a document which will help me to support
the new version, once Lenny will be released.

Jérémy Bobbio                        .''`. 
lunar@debian.org                    : :Ⓐ  :  # apt-get install anarchism
                                    `. `'` 

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