Updates to Mesa in an LTS - How do you get one?

Philip Wyett philwyett at gmx.com
Thu Apr 16 04:30:19 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-04-15 at 23:48 +0100, Mark Shuttleworth wrote:
> I think being on an RC, as opposed to a final release, is as awkward
> for us as it is for everyone else. It makes all of our updates harder,
> because the codebase is unique to us, it's not a release that upstream
> cares about. So, in this case, I think it's a perfect candidate for
> -proposed, which is turned off by default and turned on for early
> warning. We should of course look at the scope and risks. Phil has
> said this affects only one driver, which is good. Martin's point about
> Mesa being in the middle of a big complex and critical stack is true
> too. On balance, careful review, some sample testing, and then
> -proposed seem reasonable to me.

This sounds good. I am always happy to assist with verification, testing
and other works dependant on the time I have and the hardware at my
disposal. The success of Ubuntu now and in the future is paramount for
us all.

> Phil, I really appreciate that you have persisted on this. I also
> appreciate that we are anal about scary updates to millions of
> systems. I have met literally hundreds of people who's grandparents
> and parents are running Ubuntu and who would be crushed to have it
> DOS'd by a bad update to X, so I respect and support the SRU process
> to avoid Another Wiesbaden ;-)
> Mark

Thanks for the prompt replies of Martin and yourself. If I decried the
SRU process as a quality engineer at a former post, I would be going
against the basis of what I know and try to practise. I do see the need
to be somewhat anal and the last thing any of us want is to see a bad
update go out to whomever tat maybe who uses Ubuntu. However, nothing is
set in stone for me and things change, we then adapt and I can sense
further healthy discussion about LTS's and the SRU process in the
future. ;-)


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