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

On Mon, Jul 04, 2016 at 02:01:03PM +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> 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
>  * rebuilt d-i to match that kernel
>  * X drivers
>  * ... (other things that might be needed for consistency)
> all rolled up with a small installer image build (netinst, maybe DVD#1).
> A lot of arm64 machine users would benefit from this

One particular pain point is libssl. The version in jessie:

- Is too old for providing HTTP/2 servers for chrome [1]
- Lacks API features already used by apps like nodejs, #815272
- Has no arm64 optimizations 

The problem is that uploading latest openssl from unstable to
jessie-backports is not really feasible (ABI break and security
maintainance needed...). 


[1] https://ma.ttias.be/day-google-chrome-disables-http2-nearly-everyone-may-31st-2016/
#815272 https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=815272

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