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Re: Thinking about a "jessie and a half" release

On 4 July 2016 at 18:38, Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> wrote:
> On Mon, 2016-07-04 at 16:01 -0400, Nicholas D Steeves wrote:
> [...]

> [...]
>> So for radeon hardware enablement, there is 1) the proprietary driver
> fglrx is dead upstream and removed from unstable.  (It's still in
> jessie-backports, but should be removed there as well.)

Ok, so a very real need for the new radeon driver bpo is/has probably
emerging/ed.  And Bug #828087 on others mentioned in another email to
this thread are blockers to a bpo of xorg-core, which would need to
happen first.

> [...]
>> Also, I imagine this might one day be necessary,
>> particularly if tracking backported linux-src due to ABI changes
>> between kernels, eg: if the out-of-tree drivers in testing begin to
>> require >> linux-src=3.16.0 ABI.
> I think you mean API.  We don't ship out-of-tree drivers as binaries.

Yes, you're absolutely right, I meant API.  Given that people with,
for example broadcom wifi chipsets will be using this new Debian spin
(Maybe it should be called Debian Fresh Spin?) in the hopes of
hardware enablement, do you think it should pin the bpo versions of
out-of-tree drivers, and also include bpo non-free firmware?


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