At Linux-Kongreß we discussed the desaster with Debian release cycles. We have acknowledged that Debian currently has a lack of proper release plans. This is bad since it leads us into chaos and trouble making any releases. Our current situation results in our stable release being hopelessly out-dated and the unstable release not being releaseable. That's quite bad for a lot of our fellow users and developers. Our release cycle should plan to do two releases per year or three per two years. This would mean a large amount of stable time, but also keep stable releases relatively up-to-date. During the discussion these two ideas arose: a) Longer freeze time b) Concrete release plan Both solutions require that releases are planed in advance - +/- two months. Thus the next release would be 6 months after potato got released. a) Longer freeze time One or two months after a release was done the distribution will be frozen again and bugfixing starts. Only bugfixes, important changes and important packages will go into frozen. New code will go into unstable. Packages that still have release critical bugs at the end of the freeze period will be removed. b) Concrete release plan No major changes are allowed to go into the distribution after two months after the last release. (e.g. release on december 1st, major changes are only allowed to happen until february 1st). This will preserve us from a perl-, libc-, kernel-, gtk-, gnome-, FHS- and boot-floppies desaster that would hold off the release. We would also have four more months to fix those problems. Uploads of new packages would be allowed within this time as well. Instead of the unstable distribution these changes will have to use a combined or special staging area. This will give that subsystem time to fix all trivial bugs etc. At freeze time RC bugs need to be fixed or affected packages will be dropped (if they're not too important like dpkg). Maybe they should be dropped at the beginning of freeze combined but with an option to go back if bugs are fixed. Regards, Joey -- The MS-DOS filesystem is nice for removable media. -- H. Peter Anvin Please always Cc to me when replying to me on the lists.
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