Hi kernel team, [Context] I've been busy on other topics and a few months happened between Stretch Alpha 7 and Stretch Alpha 8. There were some hiccups when I tried to get stuff in shape, so we ended up blocking quite a few packages in the process, including the bump to linux 4.8. As a side effect, lifting the block-udeb's right after the release triggered linux's migration to testing, which immediately broke netboot images… Of course, letting that happen or picking the new version and hoping for the best was an easy choice: releasing with what had been tested over the last few days seemed better… [Actual question] I'd like to know whether you already have some kind of planning for the next ABI bump(s?) on the linux side, so that we could align further d-i releases accordingly. We have at least another regression in debian-installer (remote installs were broken due to screen-related changes), in addition to the broken netboot images, plus themes-related updates, so I think it would make sense to release Stretch Alpha 9 in the near future; but we can of course wait a bit if another ABI bump is due soon. By the way, this will likely be the last Alpha. Given we've entered the freeze, (winter and) RCs are coming. KiBi.
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