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Re: RFC: kernel packages cleanup

On Tue, Mar 23, 2004 at 10:16:55PM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 23, 2004 at 03:01:44PM -0600, Stephen R Marenka wrote:
> >...
> > > Depending on the release plan and the ETA for a working 2.6 on Macs it 
> > > might perhaps be possible to include an installer without support for 
> > > Macs in Debian 3.1r0 and add support for them in later point releases?
> > 
> > I just spent two months adding 2.2 and m68k support to d-i. I'd be a bit 
> > upset if we didn't release with any 2.2 kernels because it's 
> > aesthetically pleasing.
> >...
> The point is not whether it's aesthetically pleasing, the point is 
> whether there should be security updates for three major revisions of 
> the kernel.

Actually, the point is whether we're going to drop support for a
subclass of machines that we support right now. That's pretty severe.

> The extra work will be to include fixes for all security vulnerabilities
> in the kernel that become known and that affect kernel 2.2 or are
> specific to kernel 2.2 soon after they are discovered until one year
> after the release of Debian 3.2. This will include backporting fixes
> that will only be available for kernel 2.4 or 2.6 to kernel 2.2.
> Roughly estimated on the current release speed, this means you will be 
> personally responsible for security fixes in kernel 2.2 until 2008 or 
> 2009.

I'm not planning on going anywhere. I expect at least one of my boxes
will still be alive by then.

Stephen R. Marenka     If life's not fun, you're not doing it right!

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