Debian Weekly News - email
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 01:17:19 +0100 From: Filip Van Raemdonck <email@example.com> To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> Subject: Quake in Germany - not illegal? "Quake is indexed in Germany, not banned. This means it's only allowed to sell it to adults and advertising is prohibited." Just saw this on a web page. It's URL is (for who is interested) http://www.inside3d.com/qip So maybe it isn't a problem to have quake in the archive after all... Filip
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 23:55:01 +0100 From: Richard Braakman <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: "No new packages" freeze starts January 2nd January 2nd (two weeks before the freeze) will be the last day on which packages that are "new" will be accepted for potato. Packages uploaded after that date will be held for woody. This will be done to ensure that new packages aren't inserted right before the freeze, and to separate the pre-freeze rush from the actual freeze. (Both are a lot of work for the same set of people). New versions of existing packages will be processed normally, up to the actual freeze, which will happen on the weekend of January 15th. (The only thing that can delay the freeze is if the archive doesn't get the extra disk space it needs.) Package splits, and multi-binary packages sprouting new binaries, are in a gray area and will probably require careful thought. In related news, I'm hosting a Grand Bug Bash Festival on the weekend before the freeze (January 8-9). This will be just like a bugsquash party, but it will last longer and have a cooler name :-) (I note that bug, bash, and festival are all Debian packages... so someone needs to package "grand"). Richard Braakman
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 00:26:51 +0100 From: Richard Braakman <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Timeline for potato Here is a summary of the plan for releasing potato. The dates after the actual freeze are still "soft". Please speak up if you have problems with them. January 2 "No new packages" freeze January 8-9 Grand Bug Bash Festival January 15-16 Potato freezes. Woody is created. Packages with release-critical bugs will be removed from potato (and left in woody). (up to a week) Potato gets cleaned up somewhat. The remaining release-critical bugs are dealt with, and the effect of removing so many packages is evaluated. (around Jan 22) Start of the first test cycle. This is the last chance for removed packages to get back into potato. A "Test Cycle" consists of these phases, in order: 2-3 days Preparation Base disks and CD images are prepared. No changes are made to the archive except the ones that are necessary for this. 10-14 days Testing The distribution is tested. Fixes are prepared for bugs that are found, but no changes at all are made to potato during this phase. The Testing phase may be cut short by the release manager if something is so badly wrong that testing is useless until changes are made. 2-3 days Evaluation The state of potato is evaluated, particularly the bugs that were found during the Testing phase. If the current state of the distribution is acceptable, then potato is released AS IS, and the Test Cycles end. Otherwise, available fixes are installed, and extra time will be allocated to fix the remaining bugs, if necessary. Then a new Test Cycle starts. I hope that two Test Cycles will be enough; that will put the release near the end of February. Thanks, Richard Braakman
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