Debian postpones Lenny, calls for help
Debian, the granddaddy of Linux distributions, is in trouble. Its planned September release date for Lenny – its latest release – has come and gone and there is still no sign of the new product. It seems the Debian team is battling “too many release critical bugs” to make Lenny viable. And now the team is calling for help from the community to squash the remainder of these bugs.
In an email to the Debian developer list, and in a post on his blog, Debian developer Alexander Reichle-Schmehl says that estimates from the release team on how long the release candidate bugs would take to fix were “apparently … too optimistic”.
Reichle-Schmehl goes on to call on users and developers to contribute to weeding out the remaining problems in the Lenny code.
Regular users, he says, should upgrade to Lenny and file bug reports on what doesn’t work. He does warn, however, that users must make backups before launching into Lenny.
For developers and package maintainers, he says, “it basically boils down to two things: If your packages have RC bugs open in ‘Lenny fix them and take care, that the fix will propagate to ‘Lenny’. If your packages don’t have RC bugs open, fix someone else’s RC bug. Surely you don’t think, the release team will fix the remaining rc bugs, do you? And surely you understand, that your shiny rc bug free packages are kind of useless, if they aren’t released?”
Debian Lenny, at the time of writing, had 261 release critical bugs preventing it from being released.