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[2002-02-16] Release Status Update

Hi guys,

The good news, and the bad news.

The good news is that base is back in good shape. glibc, base-passwd and
rsync have all had their RC bugs fixed which is very pleasing. There are
still bugs in some important packages, including apache, bind, binutils,
bison, emacs, iproute, kdebase-libs, menu, php3, sudo, tetex, and vim,
but most of these seem fairly controllable.

The bad news is that this means we're probably releasing soon, and that of
the hundreds of less important packages with RC bugs (eg, bugzilla, craft,
crossfire-{client,server}, epic4, fvwm95, gmc, gnome-admin, intuitively,
kdepim, moon-lander, tkdesk, wine, and xosview) will be getting randomly
ripped out of testing (in the case where bugs apply to the version in
testing, anyway). What this means, is that if packages you're interested
in have accumulated RC bugs (ie serious, grave or critical) you've almost
run out of time to get them fixed if you want them released.

Other news: 

	* new incoming's being tested on pandora now (if you're
	  interested, see /org/non-us.debian.org/queue) and seems to
	  be working out okay, so the whole crypto-in-main transition
	  looks like being on track for the first time in history.

	* new boot-floppies (3.0.19) are available for all architectures
	  but alpha, mipsel [0] and sparc. Please test these (and build
	  them if you're on one of the architectures that hasn't already
	  done so) since there'll probably only be one more b-f's release
	  before 3.0r0.

	* over the next few days, we're going to start doing install and
	  upgrade testing somewhat seriously (with the aim of doing it
	  well for the entirety of the next release). If you haven't
	  already tried and upgrade from potato, or a fresh install,
	  try one now so that you don't get embarassed by newbies and
	  users pointing out obvious bugs that a Visual Basic programmer
	  would've been ashamed of....

There's a BugSquash party now on in #debian-bugs on irc.openprojects.net,
so wander on over there to help rescue packages that're worth keeping
in woody.

It's also okay to help fix non-release-critical bugs too.


[0] mipsel b-f's are built, but are waiting on someone with a DecStation
    5000/120, /125, /133 or /240 to test them to make sure they're not
    completely broken. See debian-mips@lists.debian.org.

Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
We came. We Saw. We Conferenced. http://linux.conf.au/

  ``Debian: giving you the power to shoot yourself in each 
       toe individually.'' -- with kudos to Greg Lehey

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