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

On Mon, Jul 04, 2016 at 03:12:34PM +0200, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
>Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> (2016-07-04):
>> 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. That's *basically* just
>> like a normal jessie release, but with a few key updates:
>>  * backports kernel
>That's a given.
>>  * rebuilt d-i to match that kernel
>You know there are patches around for that.

ACK. :-)

>>  * X drivers
>I don't see backports for them.

I installed a backport Intel xserver driver over the weekend at the
installfest, and it helped the user in question.

>>  * ... (other things that might be needed for consistency)
>> all rolled up with a small installer image build (netinst, maybe
>> DVD#1).
>That'd probably make it easy to decide how to resolve open questions
>with my "d-i vs. backported kernel" patches.


>> Is anybody else interested in helping? Thoughts/comments?
> 1. Is it going to pick pieces from backports only? (See X question
>    above.)

That's my current plan, unless people have good arguments otherwise.

> 2. Does it have to be called "jessie and a half"? (How much is the
>    concept understood across users? Wouldn't it be a better idea to
>    squeeze the "backports" concept into the name somehow?)

I'm not attached to any particular name. Something like "Jessie
Backport August 2016" would work for me too - suggest a better name?

> 3. What about security support once the system is installed? (Which
>    can be answered along with 1., I suppose.)

Most of the core packages I'd expect to use in backports are seeing
regular updates AFAICS. That's probably enough?

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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