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Re: Naming of new 2.0 release

On Wed, Aug 26, 1998 at 11:26:54AM -0400, Raul Miller wrote:
> Jeff Noxon <jeff@planetfall.com> wrote:
> > What's the relevance of Internet connectivity? Where I work we have a
> > huge Intranet spanning dozens of countries around the globe. We don't
> > have Internet access. We do use Debian, must get it via CD-ROM, and
> > are responsible for protecting ourselves against "inside" attacks on
> > our servers.
> Ok, that's a real issue.  And the cdrom labelling won't solve it.


> You're going to need security updates on an on-going basis.
> If you don't already have this solved, perhaps we need to set up a mailing
> list for distribution of such packages?  [And a mail-server that knows to
> send every security update which follows the base release you identify??]
Unfortunately we're still fairly backward here.  Corporate E-mail goes
through an X.400 gateway that won't pass large messages or attachments.
Gotta love those mainframes.

> Then again, with that kind of responsibility, presumably you have
> solved it?

Not really.  I would like to see a CD-ROM subscription service, with
monthly updates mailed out.  This probably falls outside the scope of
the Debian Project.  We pay lots of money for subscription updates to
the various Microsoft products.  We pay IBM lots of money for access
to AIX updates and security notifications (which we get via e-mail).
If we decide we need a fix for one of the bugs they notify us about,
we call them and they mail us a gold CD.  I think there might be some
opportunity for a CD-ROM distributor to make some money here.  I find
it almost comical that we're sending CheapBytes just $10 or whatever
for a copy of Debian.

Our company would easily pay $50/month, probably more, for timely
"official" updates on CD or tape.  But most people will get them from
the Internet.  I'll be the first to admit that our situation here is
probably vastly different from most people.  How do other distributions
handle this problem?  Red Hat?  SuSE?  Caldera?

As far as versioning goes, I don't see any real way to escape the problem.
Changing the numbering scheme can't hurt, but it won't necessarily
help either.



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