Debian 3.1 Status Update
Posted on: 02/22/2005 05:57 PM

Andreas Barth has posted another status update on the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1

A kernel/d-i team meeting was recently held to review the status of 2.6.8. The team leads involved eventually decided to stay with kernel 2.6.8 and 2.4.27, rather than bumping the 2.6 kernel to 2.6.10. This decision was made upon review of the known bugs in each of the 2.6 kernel versions; despite some significant bugs in the Debian 2.6.8 kernel tree, these bugs were weighed against the additional delays that a kernel version bump would introduce in the schedule for debian-installer RC3.

As it happens, preparing 2.4 and 2.6 kernels with the security fixes for all architectures took roughly two months from start to finish, during which time preparation of the next debian-installer release candidate has been entirely stalled. A two-month turnaround for critical security fixes really isn't acceptable, and makes it difficult to progress towards a release. It's for this reason that all architectures are required to be synced to the same kernel version for sarge, but even so, more per-architecture kernel help is needed, particularly for the sparc and the arm port.

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