Debian 6.0: current status; where next; scheduling
Posted on: 06/14/2010 10:24 PM

The Debian Release Team published an update on the state of Debian 6.0

As promised, another regular(ish) update on the state of the Squeeze release and our plans for the remainder of the cycle.

First of all, some news that some of you may already have guessed. We're delighted to be able to announce that Mehdi Dogguy has agreed to join the Release Team. He has recently been working on some tools to make it easier for us to manage transitions and we believe that he will be a great addition to the team.

We are still looking for enthusiastic DDs who would be interested in joining the team and helping us to make Squeeze the great release we all believe it can be. If you're interested, please contact us at debian-release(at)lists.debian(dot)org or on #debian-release.

Current status

Since the previous update, changes to allow init scripts to run in parallel at startup, thus making the boot process faster for many people, have been enabled in unstable[PB] and we have finished the directfb, evince, netcdf, totem, unixodbc and vtk transitions.

We have just completed the ptlib / opal and evolution / gtkhtml transitions. The latter means that Squeeze will release with GNOME 2.30 along with the already transitioned KDE 4.4.3.

eglibc 2.11 was recently uploaded to unstable. After resolving a few initial issues we were able to migrate it to testing over the weekend.

Where next?

Now that eglibc 2.11 is in testing, we will shortly be moving to using Python 2.6 as the default Python version for Squeeze. [PY26]

Other than the Python transition, there are a few other things we aim to complete before freezing, including updates to icu, xapian and apt and a move to Perl 5.12, assuming that the outstanding compatibility issues are resolved or lowered in number. [PERL]

There are also a few smaller updates which we hope to able to schedule alongside the larger transitions.

Transition freeze

As announced in the previous release update, we are now instituting a freeze on new transitions in order to make it easier to finish transitions without them becoming blocked by other changes in unstable.

It may be possible to include smaller updates if time allows and they do not interfere with ongoing transitions. If your upload would require changes to or rebuilds of other packages, or cause other packages to be unable to transition to testing, please consider whether doing so would help improve the quality of Squeeze. If you believe it would, please contact us to discuss the issue before uploading.

RC bugs

The number of Release Critical bugs in Squeeze is continuing to move in the right direction[RC] but there are still a larger number of RC bugs than we can freeze with.

Please feel free to pick an RC bug or three and help resolve it, whether that be by providing a patch, uploading an NMU or demonstrating that the bug is not RC after all.


Some of the transitions that have been discussed in this release update were not planned when we published our last freeze estimate. While considerably improving the user experience by providing newer upstream releases and a faster boot process, they imply that we will need some more time to prepare Squeeze.

We will declare Squeeze frozen once the switch to Python 2.6 as the default version and the other transitions mentioned above are completed, which we currently anticipate will be during late August. If we all work together then we may able to finish some transitions more quickly than our estimates.

Thanks for your attention and your assistance in making Squeeze a great release!

for the Release Team

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