On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 01:02:43PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote: > "Roland C. Dowdeswell" <roland.dowdesw...@twosigma.com> writes: > > > A team consisting of staff from Two Sigma Open Source and AuriStor > > is starting the release process for Heimdal version 7. We have > > changed the version of the master branch to 6.99.1 which will be > > considered our beta. During the beta period, we will be fixing > > remaining issues. In addition, we are asking for the community to > > submit any final patches or bug reports before the 1st of > > November. > > > We expect to publish the first release candidate on or near the > > 11th of November. > > That's great news! > > There is some possibility that will be fast enough to allow reintroduction > of Heimdal into the next stable release of Debian, depending on how fast > the release candidate process converges in a stable release. However, > it's going to have to be fairly quick, since the window for making it into > a stable release is rapidly closing. > > November 5th is the start of stretch transition freeze, after which major > transitions have to be coordinated with the release team. Reintroduction > of Heimdal will probably not qualify as a transition because Debian is > currently dropping Heimdal entirely from the distribution.
That's indeed awesome news! However, like Russ says, the timing isn't great. We've been asking for a release for years. If this had happened earlier, that would have saved a lot of unnecessary work on the Debian side. :-( We've fortunately got a little bit more leeway now that the freeze was deferred by two months to allow Linux 4.10 to be included. The full stretch life cycle is documented at https://wiki.debian.org/DebianStretch Brian May and I are the current uploaders for Heimdal in Debian. Because of the lack of releases, I've been coordinating the removal from stretch (the next Debian release) the last couple of months. So far the main thing that's happened is that packages that can build against either Heimdal or MIT and previously built against Heimdal have switched over to building against MIT. Heimdal itself is currently still in stretch, but two packages that build against *both* MIT and Heimdal - libpam (maintained by Russ) and libpam-krb5-migrate (maintained by myself) - have dropped support for Heimdal. Requests are open against OpenLDAP and cyrus-sasl2 to drop Heimdal support. If we want to have the option of keeping Heimdal iff a release happens before mid-December, we need to coordinate with the Debian release team. As a transition, it should be a lot less daunting now that most dependencies have been removed. Between Russ and myself, we can upload all packages that depend on Heimdal. Cheers, Jelmer
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