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Bug#220493: So why is Debian's XFree86 old?....

On Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 01:58:28AM -0500, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> The short answer is "porting".  The XFree86 project has little or no 
> support for most of Debian's architectures, and making sure that a new 
> version works on non-i386 machines takes quite a while.

This job seems pretty much done now; everyone but
sh/freebsd/netbsd/amd64 have sorted their stuff out, and none of them
are release architectures.

> The second answer is "integration".  The number of packaging issues 
> which come up in packaging such a big project are very large, and it can 
> take quite a while to resolve them all.

Yes. Splitting xlibs/xbase-clients, breaking the xlibs build out so you
can choose to use the freedesktop.org versions ... none of this is
particularly easy.

> The more specific-to-right-now answer is that even adapting all of the 
> preexisting Debian patches (against 4.2.1) to patch 4.3.0 seems to be 
> taking quite a while.  I believe that the way they are being updated is 
> intended to make this process easier in the future, although any member 
> of the X Strike Force may correct me.  :-)

Branden's going through and checking all the patches for any regressions
that may have occurred; I intend to start helping with this sometime
after Tuesday, in between post-exam celebrations.


Daniel Stone                                                <daniels@debian.org>
Debian X Strike Force:                    http://people.debian.org/~branden/xsf/

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