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    Debian Woody Freeze Plans - Progress Report
    Posted on Sunday, April 08 @ 17:29:29 BST

    Linux
    Anthony Towns has posted a progress report on how Woody is going. Full text below

    Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 18:44:01 +1000
    From: Anthony Towns 
    Subject: Woody Freeze Plans - Progress Report
    
    In short: there hasn't been any, go help Adam and David with
    boot-floppies.
    
    The optimistic schedule is roughly as it was before, but with the dates
    bumped back by a couple of months:
    
            2001.05.01 -- working boot-floppies, preview release of woody,
                          begin finalising policy, get rid of all RC bugs
                          in the base system
            2001.06.01 -- policy freeze: no changes to policy, no more packages
                          added to the base system, finalise the base system,
                          fix all RC bugs in standard/b-f's
            2001.07.01 -- base system frozen, no new packages in standard,
                          fix RC bugs in optional/extra
            2001.08.01 -- standard frozen, no new packages in optional/extra
            2001.09.01 -- optional/extra frozen, final security updates
            2001.09.15 -- release
    
    That's still ridiculously optimistic though. A more realistic schedule,
    based on the time it's taking boot-floppies to get working is probably
    more like:
    
            2001.08.01 -- working boot-floppies
            2002.03.01 -- finished boot-floppies, standard frozen
            2002.04.15 -- release
    
    (with the other dates spread in between somewhere; if we find problems
    when we actually get around to testing woody properly there'll be
    further delays)
    
    Not having working boot-floppies means we can't do installation testing,
    which means we can't get a reasonable handle on whether we need to do
    any further development work in the base system or on policy in general,
    which means freezing isn't reasonable at present (since we may still
    need to do significant development).
    
    Working boot-floppies are, at this point, the key factor determining
    whether woody will be released in a reasonable amount of time (ie,
    this year), or not. At the moment, it's not looking that promising.
    
    The remaining aspects of the release aren't looking too bad: almost
    all the outdatedness in testing is fixed (glibc 2.2, X 4, perl 5.6,
    debconf), and the only remaining issues (KDE and Gnome 1.2/1.4) look
    like they should be able to be resolved in the next few weeks; hppa,
    ia64 and mips are making good use of the delay to get themselves release
    ready, so we may have some more architectures to release; and one way
    or another we seem well on the way to having almost all of Debian being
    more auto-buildable than every before.
    
    Just in case anyone was wondering, anyway.
    
    Cheers,
    aj
    
    --
    Anthony Towns 
    Woody Release Manager
    

     
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    Re: Debian Woody Freeze Plans - Progress Report (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 09 @ 05:20:33 BST

    Maybe this classifies as a kids question like "Why is the sky blue"? Just in case anyone doesn't know, its because the way light refracts in our atmosphere. Is's been a while, but I think it's called mie scattering.

    Why are the boot floppies being such a problem? Is some work around with the potato boot floppies possible?

    Thanks,

    Chuck

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    Debian Installer (Score: 1)
    by nero on Tuesday, April 10 @ 22:46:34 BST
    (User Info)

    Will debian proper be using Progeny's GUI installer/hardware detection? Or are they going to re-re-re-reinvent the wheel again?

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