Re: package update policy
Ritesh Raj Sarraf <email@example.com> writes:
> I just wanted to know if Debian has a policy (timeline) for inclusion of
> a newer release of a software.
No, it doesn't.
Individual maintainers may set such a policy for their own packages, but
Debian has no distribution-wide policy on how fast newer releases of
software are included. It's not really possible to set such a policy
across the board; sometimes one never wants to incorporate a newer release
of a piece of software for some reason.
> I'm bringing nvidia-kernel-source package as an example because afaik it
> doesn't affect the package freeze for Debian because it is not part of
> the stable release.
Er, well, yes it is, to the extent that non-free is part of Debian at all.
non-free is frozen and released just like everything else; it's just not
part of Debian proper.
> My understanding is that since Debian is completely a voluntary based
> distribution, no one can demand a date for inclusion/updation of any
Right now in particular many of us are holding non-bug-fix releases of the
software packages we maintain so as not to disrupt the archive right
before a hopeful freeze for the etch release. For instance, once etch is
frozen, I'll upload a new development snapshot of gnubg that fixes a bunch
of minor bugs, none of which are important enough to try to rush into the
release when new development snapshots often have other more significant
bugs that take a while to track down.
Russ Allbery (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>