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Re: Backports

Norbert Tretkowski <norbert@tretkowski.de> wrote:

> * Andreas Schuldei wrote:
>> * Norbert Tretkowski <norbert@tretkowski.de> [2006-01-19 17:02:03]:
>> > * Joseph Smidt wrote:
>> > > Do you think we will ever see backports officially supported by
>> > > Debian?
>> > 
>> > No.
>> i remember a conversation where you pointed out some principal
>> problems (security support, manpower) but in general were in favour
>> of the idea and prefered fixing those. what happend?
> Manpower is no longer a problem, thanks to Ganneff we're now using
> dak, which means every Debian developer can upload his packages (but I
> still need to manually add his gpg key to the backports.org keyring).
> A while back, I talked with Joey about the required infrastructure to
> provide security advisories, but until now I had no time to implement
> it.

The answer also depends on the understanding of "officially supported".
By definition, backports are not part of a release and can never get the
same level of support as a stable release gets, like upgrade tests (we
already don't support upgrades from n-2 to n, we'll never be able to
promise an upgrade path for arbitrary combinations of stable+backports).

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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