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Re: What can Debian do to provide complex applications to its users?

Michael Meskes <meskes@debian.org> writes:


> Maybe you answered your question yourself. How about we tie our
> security support to upstream's? Instead of fixing and backporting
> ourselves we promise our users that this section of the archive will
> get upstream's latest fixes even if that means the version number
> changes.
> This way the users would get a lot of benefits from using Debian but no
>  drawback compared to the self-installed alternative.

Hello, as a sysadmin and Ubuntu derivatives[1] at work, I remembered
having the nice surprise of some incompatible changes in MySQL some time

Backporting the fix was not possible/too complex so new upstream patch
level was integrated, modifying something around comments handling in
.sql files IIRC.

Finding the erratic problem, fixing it and distributing it was quite

We monitor the -proposed repository but the change passed unseen by our

So please, before considering following upstream, consider what a
sysadmin needs to do to upgrade/test/deploy the configuration.

I'm dreaming the day every configuration file will be managed by
Config::Model but even this is not bullet proof ;-)

my 2¢.

[1]  around 25k servers deployed

Daniel Dehennin
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