Stable GNOME updates, how could be do better?

Scott Howard showard314 at
Mon Aug 3 17:34:03 BST 2009

Revisiting this discussion: was any consensus reached? Have a
"non-official" PPA (somewhat maintained for QA) for those who want to
try it for bug fixes (e.g. people who report bugs on LP) while keeping
the current policy for official repos? This avoids regression problems
for all users except those that want to address a specific bug and are
willing to risk regression to fix it.

Scott Howard

original message:
Hi There,

The topic has already been discussed several times but I would like to
have us to think how we could do better with GNOME stable updates.
We usually ship with GNOME 2.2n.1 and do only specific targeted 2.2n.2
and 2.2n.3 updates in stable when the changes are minimal and fix a bug
which has been reported in launchpad and judged worth a sru.

The fact that we do ship stable updates is source of frustrations for
upstream, which do the work on getting those updated rolled and still
keep getting users reporting bugs, and for users.

The SRU policy is strict and doesn't allow to ship those updates easily,
does anybody has some ideas on how we could do better and make those
updates available to our users by some way? One way would be to have a
second source of updates which would not be "certified" in addition of
the -updates which follow the strict sru policy, this one would not be
enabled by default but easy to configure for users. Any other though?

Sebastien Bacher

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