I'm a bit worried about the firmware issue. I support aj's decision to remove GPL'd firmware without obvious source availability, but I believe we should coordinate this with the other distributions to perhaps put a little more pressure on upstream or the vendors to fix this. After all, this is an issue for the whole Free Software Community. I tried to raise the question on slashdot, but my story did not hit the front page. The comments were mostly rather in our favour though, with the usual threshold of flamebaits and trolls. So this makes me hope we'd have the support of the wider community.
Even more worrying with respect to the kernel and releasing sarge than the firmware problem is the kernel security nightmare. I wonder whether we've learned the lesson from the woody release or whether we'll get a little bit of history repeating:
<Joey> aj: We cannot support both potato and woody
<Joey> supporting 17 architectures... I don't want to think about that...
<aj> Joey: so does that mean you'll be supporting none, or a select "n"? if the latter, which?
<Joey> aj: The current answer would be: no potato updates, and no woody updates, probably
-- #debian-devel, Mon Apr 29 2002 (two days before the designated release date)
At least, we seem to have identified the problem a bit earlier than last time and we don't need to change our archive infrastructure again this time.
So, what have I been up to? Over the last week I managed to get vim and python2.3 packages built for hurd-i386. Both being a bit hacked, they are on ftp.gnuab.org for now, but it seems that they could go into the main archive soon. Right now, I'm trying to build packages of the last big pile of rotten bits left in our toolchain, libc0.3. While I was worried that the GNU Hurd development seemed to be stalled again after a big boost at the beginning of the year, this is fortunately not the case. A new CVS module called 'fabrica' was created, which will contain the designated device-driver-framework for the Hurd on L4. Also, to my utter astonishment, Thomas Bushnell, BSG has started a discussion on bug-hurd all by himself, apparently inspired by reading code.
To my surprise, I really managed to stay off IRC for the most part of last week, which gave me a bit of extra time to fix one RC bug per day. Let's see whether I'll keep this up next week as well, after all:
<mhelas> bugsquashing is like drugs. if you started once, you will never give it up anymore.... ;-)
NP: GangStarr - Put up or shut up