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Re: An old idea, brought back to life



On Tue, Dec 15, 1998 at 01:32:51AM -0800, Joseph Carter wrote:
> Ben, did you hear a proposal made by someone, I think Anthony Towns was
> part of the discussion if not the person who was suggesting it (someone
> will correct me if my memory is in error), that unstable become a never
> released distribution?

<Kibo>

The short summary: It's a nice idea, probably one who's time hasn't
quite come.

The major problem isn't so much improving the idea, but finding the time
to actually implement it, and ensure a smooth transition. Guy Maor seems
to have some concerns about the scope of the proposals, and whether the
results would be worth the effort to make the transition. With that
and the ubiquitous `other commitments', I haven't done much more on
this since.

The long summary:

    Pre-proposal discussion:
        http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9805/msg01786.html
        http://www.debian.org/~ajt/debian-ftp/

        Other discussion can be found in the May -devel archives under
        various subjects, including "so what? Re: Debian development
        modem" and "musings on "the release thing"".

    Proposal:
        http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9807/msg02084.html
        http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9807/msg02821.html
	http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9808/msg00002.html

    Discussion of the proposal can be found by looking through the
    -devel archives of July and August 1998, by grepping for "Archive
    Restructuring".

I'm inclined to suspect further discussion should be left until January
or so, but if people want to start coding, feel *very* free. Phil Hands
<phil@hands.com> may still be willing to make accounts on open.hands.com
for testing.

Cheers,
aj

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