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Upload of GNOME 2.6 to unstable


As you know, the Debian GNOME team has been working on packaging
GNOME 2.6 during the last weeks. While many of us didn't count on having
them ready to opt for their inclussion in Sarge when we started, the
situation has changed now that packages are judged to be at least
unstable quality.

We'd like to hear what the release people think about attempting to get
GNOME 2.6 and GTK 2.4 into Sarge immediately. We have a number of
reasons to think that this can be done with hopefully no major
transition problems in Sid/Sarge:

- the packages have had a wide testing, and the -gtk-gnome list has been
  very active with user reports of problems that have been fixed.
- the packages have been tested on !i386 thanks to Michel Dänzer's
  powerpc builds, which have uncovered some build errors that have also
  been fixed.
- while a few new source packages have been added, the number of sources
  with new binary packages, compared to unstable, is relatively low, as
  most of the splits of data files to -data/-common packages were
  propagated to the GNOME 2.4 packages too.
- AFAWCT, GNOME 2.6 wouldn't affect debootstrap sarge/sid at all: one of
  the transitions that have been performed in the new packages, the
  switch to gnutls10 isn't an issue as gnutls10 is already in Sarge's
  base system.

Before considering an upload to unstable, we would still need to
complete two outstanding TODO items:

- Debian #241706 / GNOME #138454: libeel2 btroke backwards compatibility
- Transition of GConf schemas files to /var

The first issue is probably serious and needs to be fixed.
For the second, we have a plan that should work transparently and will
allow both the new and old location for schemas work while the
transition is ongoing (something like the /usr/doc transition). There's
no problem if Sarge releases with some of the schemas files in /etc
still. This is not *required*, but very desirable.

GNOME 2.6 also fixes some bad bugs present on all versions of GNOME 2.4,
most notably the broken smb browsing. The transition to gnutls10 also
has positive side effects: it helps gdm be able to use pam_ldap
correctly, and some other GNOME software which uses gnutls to actually
work (gossip, for example).

Would the release team bless this attempt? The GNOME team thinks we can
make it.

Jordi, for the GNOME Team
Jordi Mallach Pérez  --  Debian developer     http://www.debian.org/
jordi@sindominio.net     jordi@debian.org     http://www.sindominio.net/
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