No libtiff transition for sarge
Just a note from an outsider in case someone hasn't already noted the
Unless the release managers drop their current release plan and revert
the base freeze, the libtiff transition can't get into sarge .
This means that fixes for packages depending directly or indirectly on
libtiff (e.g. via depending on libgtk2.0-0) that aren't already in
testing have to go through testing-proposed-updates.
It's therefore also impossible for packages like Gimp 2 or XEmacs to be
included in Debian 3.1 .
BTW: Which member of the release management team is working on checking
all 41 frozen packages where more recent versions are in unstable
whether sarge lacks fixes for RC bugs (e.g. #237071)?
BTW2: Please Cc me on replies, I'm not subscribed to debian-devel.
 OK, you could upload half of GNOME recompiled against an older
libgpg-error0 and other packages recompiled against older versions
of e.g. slang1 to testing-proposed-updates , but that definitely
takes more time than dropping the current freeze.
 Additionally, gnutls11 would have to be unfrozen and recompiled
with the internal libtasn1 .
 I'm not pretending I've found all things that would have to be done
in order to do the libtiff transition without unfreezing base - but
I'm too lame to check the complete 1.1 MB update_excuses for other
 OK, you could add them via testing-proposed-updates - but if such
changes are allow through testing-proposed-updates, you could upload
really everything to testing-proposed-updates.
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