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Re: Proposal for public announcement for the next release update

Hi Andreas,

On Fri, Jun 16, 2006 at 08:28:19PM +0200, Andreas Barth <aba@not.so.argh.org> wrote:

in general i think your proposal is a good idea. I would suggest to add
some more links (eg. to http://www.us.debian.org/releases/) and so on.
Journalist are usualy also very happy to get some background

> Hi,
> this is an experiment - I'll try to write a public text to be published
> together with the next release update, so we get a better matching press
> coverage. Please note that there the content is not finally signed off
> (neither of the update nor of the public announcement) so it might
> change till the update is sent out. Also, none of us wants pre-reports
> on any media, so let's try how this works (and if you are a journalist
> and happen to read it, please wait till we publish - thanks).
> The release update draft is on
> http://release.debian.org/release-update-200606 and the draft for the
> announcement on http://release.debian.org/release-update-200606-pub (and
> put below as well).
> Comments, Improvements, Suggestions are welcome.
> Cheers,
> Andi
> | DRAFT!
> | Subject: new release update

I think the subject of the mail should be chosen more carefully,
like "Debian publishes new release update".

> | 
> | ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> | The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
> | New Release Update published             debian-release@lists.debian.org
> | June xxth, 2006                 http://www.debian.org/News/2006/200606xx
> | ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> | 
> | Today, an updated plan for releasing Etch has been published; etch has been
> | assigned 4.0 as release number. 
> | The release date of December 2006 was confirmed.
> | Two architectures (s390, sparc) were added back to the release architectures
> | for etch, which contains now 11 architectures (alpha, amd64, arm, hppa,
> | i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390, sparc). Whether etch can be
> | release on m68k is yet not decided.

Link to that mail?

> | 
> | Minor information include the transition to the current python version 2.4,
> | updates about the kernel selection (likely 2.6.16 for now, there is the
> | possibility to update the kernel in October to a newer version, if
> | appropriate), and the executed update to gcc 4.1 as default compier.
> | The release update also clarified the distinction between Release Blockers
> | and Release Goals, and lists all of them.
> | 
> | The current stable version of Debian (codename Sarge, Version 3.1) was
> | published in June 2005, and has been updated since then by point releases.
> | Debian has been aiming to release the next major stable version (codename
> | Etch, Version 4.0) in December 2006.

An other information i am missing here is something about a pre-release
or release candidate of eg. d-i. Many Linux distributions publish some
kind of RC1 or pre-release 1 candidate. Press usually honors this. If
we plan to do so, we might also think about publishing a date for this.
Just a suggestion...


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