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 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:firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 --------- 2004/10/08 12:28 MET * Accepted lesstif1-1 * Accepted libapache-mod-dav * Accepted net-acct * Accepted netkit-telnet * Accepted rp-pppoe 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 <email@example.com>. Last updated 2004/10/08 12:28 MET -- Unix is user friendly ... It's just picky about its friends. Please always Cc to me when replying to me on the lists.
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