Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: there will be no XFree86 4.0.0 .debs (please read)
On Sat, May 27, 2000 at 08:52:35PM -0400, Branden Robinson wrote:
> PLEASE REPLY TO THE LISTS, AND NOT MY MAILBOX. DO NOT FILE BUG REPORTS
> ABOUT THIS, EITHER; THERE IS ALREADY A BUG FILED ABOUT A NEW UPSTREAM
> VERSION OF X.
> Okay, with that out of the way...
> There will be no 4.0.0 .debs. 4.0.1 is expected in mid-June, and I plan to
> package that. Why?
> 1) Real-world (i.e., work) considerations have kept me very busy with non-X
> related work for the past few months. I have very strong reasons to expect
> that situation to change for the better soon -- but I'm not at liberty to
> discuss why at the moment.
> 2) XFree86 4.0.0 has a lot of problems. People who are actually already
> using it on a daily basis have reported a lot of crashes. Furthermore, it
> is being patched upstream at a very aggressive pace. Over two hundred
> distinct patches have been applied to the upstream CVS tree to date.
but remember there are people who are working on Xfree driver or such that
would like to have a working debian packaging, ...
> 3) As I said, XFree86 4.0.1 is expected in mid-June. This is approximately
> three weeks from now. 4.0.0 debs have already been delayed so long it
> seems to make sense at this point just to give up on official versions and
> re-target for 4.0.1 instead.
lets hope there will be a 4.0.1 debian package then, ...
> 4) XFree86 4.0 will not be in potato. We are in freeze right now, and it
> is imperative that I place priority on the version of XFree86 that is going
> into potato. I have been addressing release-critical bugs and
> denial-of-service attacks in 3.3.6 and will be releasing 3.3.6-7 in time
> for the second test cycle. Test i386 .debs for 3.3.6-7 are available at:
> deb http://samosa.debian.org/%7Ebranden/ potato/$(ARCH)/
> 5) XFree86 4.0 did not support SPARC hardware at all. SPARC is an
> important supported architecture for Debian. SPARC support has been added
> upstream and will be in 4.0.1.
Branden, i understand Xfree packaging is a big chunk of work, but would it not
be easier if there was some kind of cvs repository of the packaging stuff, and
you would post the ideas you had for the new XF4.x packages, and that other
people could help you work on it ?