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From: Jason Wever <weeve@g.o>
Subject: Re: So when is it really safe to take a snapshot to use for release?
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 08:54:09 -0500
On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 08:44:43 -0500
"John Davis" <zhen@g.o> wrote:

> Expect this to happen time to time with releases. Since we no longer
> have a 'package freeze', issues like this will be encountered.

Last minute changes like this though seem to be more due to a lack of
proper planning than some ultra crucial bug or security fix.
 
> I would say that by the end of this week (the 16th), you will be safe to
> make a final snapshot. The purpose of this testing week was to identify
> things like the openssl problem ;)

Then I will not be able to have anything ready to release at LWE, which
was the purpose of the original release date.

Not all architectures can build the components for a release in the time
that x86 and faster PPCs can.  I know this point comes back up every
release cycle, but the behavior does not change.  Even on a fast sparc64
box, it'll still take close to a week to build everything (stages, GRP
and LiveCD), granted there are no problems.

Perhaps I'm unfair in this assessment, but because of repetitive problems
like this, I really feel like non-x86 arches are like 2nd class citizens.

> I know this may be frustrating, but hang in there. As far as I know,
> openssl and baselayout are the only system packages that are going to be
> bumped, and they should both be bumped by Friday (brad willing :) ).

Yes, this is extremely frustrating when trying provide quality releases in
a timely fashion.

-- 
Jason Wever
Gentoo/Sparc Team Co-Lead
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