Fwd: For those who care about stable updates
Til orientering! :-(
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Subject: For those who care about stable updates
Date: Thursday 09 March 2006 11:32
From: Martin Schulze <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Debian Development Announcements <email@example.com>
I'm sorry to announce this but you'll have to find a new person who works
on updating Debian stable and who is willing to cope with black holes and
I'm sick of being left in the void. I'm sick of ftpmasters not answering
mails from the stable release manager to negotiate a timeline. I'm sick of
ftpmasters suddenly creating arbitrary preconditions for stable updates.
I'm sick of having to ask again and again and being constantly blocked by
I'm sick of this entire situation. It makes me ill, angry and utterly
frustrated. It causes me being frustrated of Debian and unable to work on
other issues, needing a rest more often that planned. I should do better
with my limited life. Hence, I give up. Congratulations.
I have worked on updates to the stable Debian distribution since 2001 after
I noticed that nobody is trying to integrate security updates into the once
released distribution so that the archive does not contain tons of known
security updates. I've tried to get stable updates done on a regular basis
but miserably failed.
It's is now five years since I started working on such updates and often
they've been a pain for me once they were ready, and also a source of utter
grief and frustration. Every once in a while the problems escalated and
were discussed on mailing lists. After that, an update was possible.
However, I was exhausted and frustrated. That's not a healthy situation to
continue working on.
Since James Troup as ftpmaster rejected my recent request to become an
ftpmaster in order to be able to implement the changes on my own, and since
ftpmasters don't allow new people to become ftpmasters, and since the
changes Anthony Towns is proposing and implementing won't change the
requirement for an ftpmaster for stable updates, it is very clear to me
that the situation is not going to improve in the future. Hence, I'm
Of course, I'd support a new stable release manager in the beginning. The
tools I've used are public anyway and so are the data. Both could be used
as a basis.
MIME - broken solution for a broken design. -- Ralf Baechle