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Re: Bug#650975: r8168: does not belong in a stable release

Am 04.12.2011 19:41, schrieb Julien Cristau:
> Source: r8168
> Severity: serious
> (x-debbugs-cc to pmatthaei and debian-release)
> Hi,

Hey, thanks for submitting!

> I've been blocking this package from entering testing, but as Patrick
> Matthäi questions that choice I'm filing this bug for the record.
> It is my opinion, as a member of the release team, that we shouldn't
> ship this package in stable.
> This driver duplicates functionality available in the r8169 module in
> the standard linux kernel, which is going to create a support burden,

From my point of view, there are this pros and cons for the driver:

- It is free
- It is a working driver (mainline r8169 also covers those NICs, but it
is not working for years with specific NICs)
- Our users with such a crippled NIC could install this *alternative*
driver from our archive

- Overlapping PCIIDs with r8169
- People simple switch to r8168 without reporting bugs (decreased
bugfixing on r8169)

Sure r8169 should be fixed in upstream, so that there is only one driver
and everyone is happy, but when it is fixed? Tomorrow or 2015? Who
knows. If someone has got a patch I would be happy to test it :)

For the time where it isn't fixed we (IMHO) should ship the driver with
our release(s) until r8169 is fixed or r8168 is in mainline (who knows..)

> the ITP was NAKed by the kernel maintainers, and apparently you agreed
> in <4EBFCF49.5070106@abeckmann.de> to not let this enter wheezy.

I just want to note:
It is my personal motivation that we should release it (but there is
much time until the next release, so the situation could change), not
the motivation of Andreas Beckmann, I am doing it on my own.

Mit freundlichem Gruß / With kind regards,
 Patrick Matthäi
 GNU/Linux Debian Developer

E-Mail: pmatthaei@debian.org

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