Re: New Backports Suite created
Great, thanks for this effort!
This makes Debian even more attractive :)
On Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 10:16:43PM +0200, Gerfried Fuchs wrote:
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> The Backports Team is pleased to announce the availability of a new
> suite on backports: lenny-backports-sloppy. Please read carefully
> before considering using or uploading to it what this entails.
> The Background
> You might want to ask: What's that? Let me explain it. During the etch
> release discussions popped up on the backports list with two clashing
> * One that expected to always be able to upgrade from sarge +
> sarge-backports to etch without backports,
> * others that wanted new versions of packages flowing in even after the
> release and were happy to upgrade from sarge + sarge-backports to etch +
> The standing at that time was to accept packages that were in testing
> after the release, which wasn't etch anymore but lenny.
> The same discussion started again before the lenny release, and given that
> we are facing the upcoming squeeze release we started internally to discuss
> how to noise down these long and tedious discussions, because both groups
> of people had valid opinions that shouldn't get ignored. So this is where
> the idea for lenny-backports-sloppy comes from.
> The Change
> lenny-backports-sloppy will please the group that is happy to upgrade from
> lenny + lenny-backports to squeeze + squeeze-backports. lenny-backports is
> meant only for packages from squeeze, even after the release. Technically
> that means it will get locked down for uploads after the release of squeeze
> and require manual approval (for e.g. point release update versions, or
> security updates that happen during the squeeze release cycle), while
> lenny-backports-sloppy will accept packages from wheezy. Uploading to
> lenny-backport will have to get approved by the Debian Backports Team after
> the squeeze release, just like uploads to lenny are currently approved by
> the Release Team.
> While lenny-backports-sloppy is created already and working we ask you to
> NOT upload packages there without prior discussion with the Backports Team.
> This is meant to ensure that the Uploader is aware about the expectations
> that come along with that: The package should have a good chance to get
> included in the next Debian release aka wheezy, and that the Uploader is
> willing to look after the package in the upcoming squeeze-backports suite
> after the release of squeeze to ensure upgradeability.
> In case of questions, feel free to ask either directly on the
> firstname.lastname@example.org mailinglist, or contact
> email@example.com privately.
> We are also pleased to annonce that the first upload to
> lenny-backports-sloppy already happened. From now on you will be able
> to install Postgresql 9.0 (which is not targeted at squeeze) from
> How to use
> If you want to use lenny-backports-sloppy you will have to add both
> lenny-backports and lenny-backports-sloppy to your sources.list. Backports
> from lenny-backports-sloppy may depend on packages in lenny-backports.
> deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports lenny-backports main
> deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports lenny-backports-sloppy main
> About Backports
> You are running Debian stable, because you prefer the stable Debian tree.
> It runs great, there is just one problem: the software is a little bit
> outdated compared to other distributions. That is where backports come in.
> Backports are recompiled packages from testing (mostly) and unstable (in
> a few cases only, e.g. security updates), so they will run without new
> libraries (wherever it is possible) on a stable Debian distribution. It is
> recommended to pick out single backports which fit your needs, and not to
> use all available backports.
> Thanks for reading this far, and enjoy!
> Rhonda in the name of the Backports Team