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Re: Suggestion: Skip Slink!

On Sun, Jan 03, 1999 at 10:04:11PM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:

> I propose that Debian skip slink, and have a freeze of potato soon.
> This comes for several reasons:
> [...]

Why should we expect potato to be any better?  With a system as big as
Debian, freezes take time.  slink isn't all the obsolete -- I run it (with a
2.2.0pre4 kernel, no less), and it works happily.  Potato is even less
obsolete, but (probably) overrun with bugs.  Most people would much rather
have older software that works than new software that doesn't.

> 2. Slink release is some time off, and is complicated by the fact
>    that most developers now run potato.

I don't think that's true.  Many developers may already run potato.  I
don't, except for a few packages.

> 3. Slink freeze has not (yet) been done properly on some archs.

So screw those archs and don't release them for slink.

> 2. Include Linux 2.2.0 (YAY!)  (well, maybe.)

Hrm.  And libc6 2.1.x, I suppose, since it's due out just as soon?  

I worry that potato is a disaster waiting to happen, because of kernel 2.2.x
and libc6.1.  Why rush it?

slink works great for lots of people right now.  I think if the new X,
boot-floppies, and official CD generation scripts get done, it's probably
safe to call it stable.

Have fun,


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