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Re: Debian images on Microsoft Azure cloud

On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 07:34:04PM +0000, Martin Zobel-Helas wrote:
>Hi all,

Hey Martin,

>as announced during DebConf15 and in <55D03D49.1030608@debian.org> and
>Microsoft contracted credativ to build and maintain Debian images for
>their public cloud infrastructure "Microsoft Azure".  Microsoft intends
>to endorse Debian and provide support for Debian Jessie and Wheezy
>In the past months credativ setup infrastructure to automatically build
>and publish Debian Jessie and Wheezy images.  The build process consists
>of a published set of tools that automate everything from building to
>uploading of images.[1]  It is conducted using a public accessible
>Jenkins instance.[2]
>The image build process uses a fork of the current OpenStack image build
>script, which we intend to merge back to upstream.  This script is
>included in our tool set.  There are two modifications to a standard
>Debian Jessie/Wheezy image:
>- isc-dhcp is imported from -proposed-updates to include a bugfix.[3]
>- waagent in included in version 2.0 on request of Microsoft, which
>  can't be provided via backports at the moment.[4]  Microsoft
>  works on getting version 2.1 ready for production, this version is
>  currently in Stretch and can be provided via backports at least for
>  Jessie.
>Additionaly the wheezy image uses the kernel 3.16, initramfs-tools and
>init-system-helpers from backports.

OK, they all sound reasonable.

>Microsoft itself conducts CI tests of selected images using a published
>set of tools.[5]  Results of this tests are not public.
>Microsoft would like to use the Debian name and logo to promote those
>Debian images in the Azure Marketplace.[6]  credativ will maintain and
>enhance those Debian images and Debian developers at credativ will
>accompany this process.

My only concern is that I'd be happier if the builds were created and
hosted on Debian project machines, like our existing official
builds. I've been discussing that with other people for other types of
build. How awkward/difficult would that be?

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
Is there anybody out there?

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