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Re: bits from the release team

On Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 09:24:19PM +0100, Andreas Barth wrote:
> N-117  = Mon 30 Jul 06: freeze essential toolchain, kernels

Why do you put the kernel together with the essential toolchain freeze, it
should be together with the rest of base, i believe.

> N-110  = Mon  7 Aug 06: freeze base, non-essential toolchain (including
>                         e.g. cdbs)
> N-105  = Mon 14 Aug 06: d-i RC [directly after base freeze]
> N-45   = Wed 18 Oct 06: general freeze [about 2 months after base
>                         freeze, d-i RC]
> N      = Mon  4 Dec 06: release [1.5 months for the general freeze]

We will have a kernel which is outdated by two versions at release time with
this plan, since there are about 1 kernel upstream release every 2 month.

So, we will be asking the question about the upgradability of the kernel later
during this release process, and i believe that it is not something which
should be ignored. Already you are considering upgrading the sarge kernel
which has some trouble booting on a rather non-negligible quantity of
hardware, so having a two version outdated kernel at release time is not nice.

Already it should be possible, provided the d-i guys get their act together,
to have a new d-i .udeb sets within 48 hours or less of a new upstream kernel
release, altough the image build may take longer, and we hope to get the
external modules and patches streamlined by then.


Sven Luther

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