Hi all,

(CCing Robert, since I feel this is important to the work he has done).

After producing a lot of hot air [0] recently, I've decided to send
this email.

gNewSense 3 will be rebased from the current Debian stable, to Debian
testing, as soon as it is frozen by the Debian release managers.
Members of our community [1] have provided a huge amount of work
towards gNewSense, but based on Debian stable.

I have decided that the number (and variety) of backports has caused a
number of issues for package maintenance, and this outweighs the delta
we worry about when dealing with Debian.

The next Debian release is still in 'development mode', so (as a distro)
it is quite open to accepting patches. Now is the time for us to file
bugs and submit patches that we feel affect a gNS based on squeeze
(Debian testing), and to try and get them fixed. 

I (personally) feel a responsibility to make gNS 3 the best release yet,
and a notable improvement over gNS 2.x[2]. I can't honestly say I feel
either of these goals would be met by basing on the current Debian
stable (as we do atm) with many and varied backports.

I will be attempting to help the Debian project fix bugs which
prevent 'squeeze' (Debian testing) from freezing. I feel this is a
valid use of my time, as it directly affects the gNS 3.0 release, and I
encourage others to help Debian reduce its RC bug count[3].

[0] metaphorically speaking - I only email/irc :)
[1] Largely Robert Millan
[2] Since we don't (currently) officially support upgrade from 2.x to
3.x, this is particularly relevant.
[3] http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
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