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Re: Thinking about a "jessie and a half" release

On Mon, 2016-07-04 at 14:01 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> Hey folks,
> There's something I've been pondering for a while, along with some
> other folks - it might be useful to do a "jessie and a half" release,
> similarly to what we did in the etch days.

As I recall, that added extra packages to the etch suite, whereas it
seems like this would take updated packages the jessie-backports suite.

> That's *basically* just like a normal jessie release, but with a few
> key updates:
>  * backports kernel
>  * rebuilt d-i to match that kernel
>  * X drivers
>  * ... (other things that might be needed for consistency)

For the kernel: firmware-nonfree, kernel-wedge, linux-base, linux-
latest, linux-signed, sbsigntool.  All of those are already in jessie-
backports, except the last two which will be needed starting with 4.7.

For user-space graphics: libdrm and mesa, presumably.

> all rolled up with a small installer image build (netinst, maybe DVD#1).
> A lot of arm64 machine users would benefit from this, and maybe owners
> of very recent amd64 machines too, with better support for things on
> the Skylake platform. Those are the only two architectures I'm
> thinking of supporting at this point.
> Is anybody else interested in helping? Thoughts/comments?

When do you anticipate this would be releasable?  Would it really be
long enough before stretch, to be worthwhile?



Ben Hutchings
Lowery's Law:
             If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing

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