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

On Mon, Jul 04, 2016 at 07:05:42PM +0200, Ben Hutchings wrote:
>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.

Yup, that's what I'm thinking.

>> 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?

I'm thinking late July / early August, which would still give us a
number of months lead on Stretch.

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