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#debian-tech@OFTC: port "qualification declarations" for etch

Hello world!

As you readers of d-d-a know well by now, one of the goals of the
release team for etch is to put into effect standards governing which
ports will be included in the release.  The two month period for
requalifying existing ports, set out in [0], has already begun, and it
would be great to begin getting input from porters to help us fill in
the table at [1].  It also wouldn't hurt porters to get feedback about
which criteria their ports are currently failing to meet, so that they
can either figure out how to meet them by November 20 or work with the
release team to refine the criteria.

To that end, I would like to invite you to join Anthony Towns and myself
on IRC this Sunday, October 9 from 0000-0200 UTC in the #debian-tech
channel on irc.oftc.net.  The goal of this two-hour session is to come
up with a "qualification declaration" for as many architectures as
possible, and to further refine the architecture criteria as necessary.
A wiki page for the event can be found at [2].

This is also something of an inaugural event for the #debian-tech
channel.  If you don't already know about #debian-tech because you don't
follow Planet Debian religiously (you know, with scented candles and
angst, like any True Blogger), you can learn more about this new Debian
channel-with-a-twist at [3].  The channel ops welcome your participation
in this experiment, both for this event and in general.  We ask that you
read the channel charter[4] before joining the channel, so you are aware
of a few basic ground rules; however, we do want to emphasize that the
goal of the channel is to provide a friendly, easy-going, and productive
environment and hope you will find that to be the case in spite of (and
in part, because of!) our uncharacteristic moderated approach.

So whether you're blocking out two hours on your weekend calendar, or
just stopping in, we look forward to seeing you on #debian-tech this

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

[0] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/09/msg00012.html
[1] http://release.debian.org/etch_arch_qualify.html
[2] http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/debian-tech/Event/20051009-releasequalification
[3] http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/debian-tech/
[4] http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/debian-tech/Charter

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