Preparation of the next stable Debian GNU/Linux update ====================================================== An up-to-date version is at <http://people.debian.org/~joey/3.0r3/>. I am awfully sorry for not being able to send out the entire document, but the preparation efforts list has grown so much that the large mail is rejected at the Debian listserver due to its sheer size. I am preparing the third revision of the current stable Debian distribution (woody) and will infrequently send reports so people can actually comment on it and intervene whenever this is required. If you disagree with one bit or another, please reply to this mail and explain why these things should be handled differently. There is still time to reconsider. The plan is to release this revision at some time in the future, hopefully before the release of sarge. It may be the last update if no updates to 3.0 are possible after sarge has been released. An ftpmaster still has to give the final approval for each package since ftpmaster are responsible for the archive. However, I will try to make their work as easy as possible in the hope to get the next revision out properly and without too much hassle. The regulations for updates to the stable Debian release are quite conservative. The requirements for packages to get updated in stable are: 1. The package fixes a security problem. An advisory by our own Security Team is required. Updates need to be approved by the Security Team. 2. The package fixes a critical bug which can lead into data loss, data corruption, or an overly broken system, or the package is broken or not usable (anymore). 3. The stable version of the package is not installable at all due to broken or unmet dependencies or broken installation scripts. 4. All released architectures have to be in sync. 5. The package gets all released architectures back in sync. It is (or (and (or 1 2 3) 4) 5) Regular bugs and upgrade problems don't get fixed in new revisions for the stable distribution. They should instead be documented in the Release Notes which are maintained by Rob Bradford <mailto:email@example.com> and are found at <http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/releasenotes>. Packages, which will most probably be rejected: . Packages that fix non-critical bugs. . Misplaced uploads, i.e. packages that were uploaded to 'stable unstable' or `frozen unstable' or similar. . Packages for which its binary packages are out of sync with regard to all supported architectures in the stable distribution. . Binary packages for which the source got lost somehow. . Packages that fix an unusable minor part of a package. If you would like to get a package updated in the stable release, you are advised to talk to the stable release manager first (see <http://www.debian.org/intro/organization>). This is probably the last update to the current stable Debian release since updates are impossible when a new suite is labelled stable. It's also possible that the current stable Debian release won't be updated at all. ChangeLog --------- 2004/08/27 12:24 MET * Accepted icecast-server * Investigation of libpam-radius-auth 2004/08/20 12:59 MET * Investigation of libpng * Investigation of libpng3 * Accepted ruby 2004/08/13 16:28 MET * No changes in the archive 2004/08/06 16:49 MET * Accepted ipmasq * Accepted squirrelmail * Moved syslog-ng from further to reject 2004/07/25 20:29 MET * Investigation of courier * Moved ethereal from accept to further * Accepted mailreader * Investigation of netkit-telnet-ssl * Accepted php4 2004/07/15 21:53 MET * Accepted apache * Investigation of kdebase * Accepted kernel-image-sparc-2.2 * Accepted krb5 * Accepted postgresql * Accepted sup * Accepted super * Accepted webmin 2004/06/04 19:04 MET * Accepted gallery * Accepted gatos * Accepted jftpgw * Rejected kernel-image-2.4.26-alpha * Rejected kernel-image-2.4.26-i386 * Rejected kernel-source-2.4.26 * Accepted log2mail 2004/05/14 09:09 MET * Accepted exim * Investigation of lha * Accepted mah-jong * Moved scsh from further to accept 2004/05/07 08:01 MET * Accepted flim * Updated accepted rsync * Updated accepted mc * Updated further scsh 2004/04/30 13:02 MET * Accepted eterm * Accepted kernel-image-2.4.16-arm * Accepted kernel-image-2.4.17-s390 * Accepted kernel-source-2.4.16 2004/04/23 11:08 MET * Accepted ident2 * Accepted iproute * Accepted logcheck * Moved neon from further to accept * Moved perl from further to accept * Investigation of spellcast-doc * Accepted xchat * Accepted zope Disclaimer ---------- This list intends to help the ftp-masters releasing 3.0r3. They have the final power to accept a package or not. If you want to comment on this list, please send a mail to Martin Schulze <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Last updated 2004/08/20 12:59 MET Regards, Joey -- Every use of Linux is a proper use of Linux. -- Jon 'maddog' Hall Please always Cc to me when replying to me on the lists.
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