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Re: Bits (Nybbles?) from the Vancouver release team meeting

Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 02:41:35PM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:
> > Hamish Moffatt <hamish@debian.org> schrieb:
> > > On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 01:33:16PM +0100, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> > >> For anyone who uses Debian as base of a commercial solution it is a
> > >> requirement. Grabing some random unstable snapshot is a non-starter.
> > > Sure. Who's doing that on anything but i386/amd64/powerpc?
> > 
> > What about embedded stuff?
> Is is necessary/useful to have a *release* of Debian for those?
> Typically embedded systems are highly customised. I have used our
> powerpc builds in an embedded system and I was happy to start with
> unstable.

Typical embedded system vendors tend to put together an OS, dump the
device on the market once it works, and conveniently forget about
security fixes, let alone new features. Projects like embedian attempt
to provide a fix for that. Without a release there is no safe upgrade
path, and a security fix means in worst case to backport it to a CVS
snapshot which happened to be in unstable a while ago, and is long
forgotten by everyone else.


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