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Re: new hardware support: calling for testing

On Wed, 2011-09-14 at 16:57 +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 03:22:35PM +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > There is a new package with the driver updates available in
> > stable-proposed-updates (version 2.6.32-36).  The point release is now
> > scheduled for 8th October and the kernel source package must be
> > finalised about 2 weeks before that to allow time for reubilding the
> > kernel, installer and CD images.
> > 
> > This means there are about 10 days left to test this and fix bugs.  I
> > think it would be worth making a separate announcement a.s.a.p.
> Great, thanks for noticing. Could someone from the kernel team outline
> the core information that you want to be in such an announcement? Could
> be as simple as an outline:
> The above would allow people from publicity to draft an announcement and
> submit it for your review. Alternatively, if you want to draft one and
> pass it through, even better :-)

Here's a draft text, covering the points you listed:

Debian point release 6.0.3 will include updated Linux kernel packages.
These will include bug fixes from the Linux 'longterm' series up to, plus updated drivers supporting new gigabit Ethernet chips
from Broadcom, Intel, and Realtek.

New packages for 32-bit PC, 64-bit PC and PowerPC are already available
for installation from the 'stable-proposed-updates' suite
<http://wiki.debian.org/StableProposedUpdates>.  We welcome pre-release
testing of these packages, particularly on systems that use the updated

The drivers being updated are:

  * e1000e (#627700)
    - Add support for i82567V-4 and i82579
    - Fix support for i82577, i82578 and i82583
  * igb, igbvf (#627702)
    - Add support for i82576-ET2, i82580, DH89xxCC, i340 and i350
  * r8169 (#627704)
    - Fix support for RTL8102E and RTL8168DP
    - Add support for RTL8105E, RTL8168E and another variant of RTL8168DP
    - Add support for D-Link DGE-530T rev C1
  * tg3, broadcom (#627705)
    - Add support for BCM5717, BCM5719, BCM57765
    - Add support for BCM50610M and BCM5241 PHYs
    - Fix support for BCM5755

Any problems found in testing should be reported to the Debian bug
tracking system using the 'reportbug' tool.  In case of regressions in
the updated drivers, please follow up to the bug number listed above.

The announcement should also say that we intend to get any necessary
fxes made by 24th September.  But if there is a serious regression found
after that then we would presumably rather delay the point release than
continue with that regression, so it's not an absolute deadline.  I'm
not sure how this should be explained.


Ben Hutchings
If you seem to know what you are doing, you'll be given more to do.

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