Finally, Sarge is frozen!

Debian logo The [Debian][] release manager Steve Langasek has announced that Sarge is now frozen! The plan is to make the release at the end of this month.

The announcement was titeled “Release update: editorial changes to the testing propagation scripts” — a nice subtle reference to the General Resolution passed last year which had a similarly innocent-looking title: “General Resolution: Editorial amendments to the social contract”. It was in this GR the Debian developers decided that they don’t want to ship files covered by the GNU Free Documentation License since it violates the Debian Free Software Guidelines (the “invariant sections” made possible by the GFDL are part of the problem, see this page for many more arguments). The problem with banning GFDL material is that many manuals are covered by the license, and many import ones that is, for example all the manuals produced by GNU for Emacs, GCC, etc. So for Etch we will probably have to find those manuals in the non-free section — a little odd IMHO, but this is how things look at the moment.

But let’s not dwell on those points now — Sarge will be here soon and that’s reason for celebration!


  1. root:

    Hold your horses!

    Days between Freeze and Release:
    Slink: 126
    Potato: 212
    Woody: 383 Tage

  2. Martin Geisler:

    Yes, I must say that I’m also surprised to see such a short freeze — just a little month! But let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best :-)

  3. William Ballum:

    Thanks for the PHP tutorials..

    and this notice…

    I love Debian Sarge.. I have been using it for a while now..
    I heard the news here first :)

  4. Martin Geisler:

    Wow, that’s cool! With my usual lazy pace of updating my site, I would never have thought that one would here something here first.

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