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Re: Suggestion: Skip Slink!

On Tue, 5 Jan 1999, Steve Greenland wrote:

> I becoming more and more enamoured with the idea that the new unstable
> doesn't exist until we release the existing frozen. Or at least that a
> maintainer can't upload to the new unstable until all [their] release
> critical bugs are fixed.

Making a restriction that a maintainer cannot upload a *package* to
unstable until all release critical bugs on that *package* are closed
would make sense.  Expanding this to "a maintainer cannot release an
unstable version of package A until their release critical bugs on their 
package B are fixed" would be a bad thing IMHO.

> On a somewhat related topic, why is it that even though I run dselect
> only against slink, new packages are *still* popping up? Is this a whole
> new definition of the word "frozen" of which I was unaware?

Packages that fix release critical bugs are allowed into frozen.
Otherwise we may as well release frozen as stable the day it turns frozen.
Frozen means we do a feature freeze, not a package upload freeze.

I also want to give a big bravo to the one who said stable is for stable
packages, not the latest and greatest.  Let unstable be for the latest and
greatest and stable be for the oldies but goodies.

Happy linuxing,

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