Hi all, (CCing Robert, since I feel this is important to the work he has done).
After producing a lot of hot air  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  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. 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.  metaphorically speaking - I only email/irc :)  Largely Robert Millan  Since we don't (currently) officially support upgrade from 2.x to 3.x, this is particularly relevant.  http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/ -- Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS) Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer http://www.kgoetz.id.au No, I won't join your social networking group
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