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Ben Hutchings's diary of life and technology

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016

Debian LTS work, July 2016

I was assigned another 14.7 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 1 from last month. I worked a total of 15 hours, carrying over a fraction of an hour.

I spent another week in the Front Desk role and triaged various new CVEs for wheezy.

I spent the remainder of the time working on the next Linux stable updates (3.2.82 and Debian 3.2.81-2), but didn't release them - that will be done in the next few days.

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Thu, 07 Jul 2016

Debian LTS work, June 2016

I was assigned another 15 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 5 from last month. I worked a total of 19 hours, carrying over 1.

I spent a week in the Front Desk role and triaged many new security issues for wheezy.

I prepared the Linux 3.2.81 stable update, sent it out for review and finally released it. I then rebased the wheezy-security branch on top of that and added some later security fixes that were not yet suitable for a kernel.org update. I uploaded to wheezy-security and issued DLA-516-1.

I started working on the next Linux stable updates (3.2.82 and the next wheezy LTS update) and on an update for imagemagick, but haven't uploaded anything for them yet.

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016

Debian LTS work, May 2016

I was assigned another 15 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative, but only worked a total of 10 hours. I intend to make up for this in June.

I began preparing the next stable update for Linux 3.2 on kernel.org, but haven't yet sent it out for review. I rebased the wheezy-security branch onto Linux 3.2.80, and added fixes for one more security issue and one data corruption issue affecting aufs.

I started a week in the front desk, triaging new issues for wheezy.

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Sun, 01 May 2016

10 years as a Debian Developer

On 1st May 2006 my Debian account was created and I gained the status of Debian Developer. At that time I had already been to several BSPs and one DebConf, and maintained a few applications and Perl library packages. We were working toward the etch release and would soon hold DebConf 6 in Mexico.

Ten years later, I still maintain one of those packages (sgt-puzzles) but the rest were either handed over to the Perl team or entirely removed. I wrote, maintained, and then gave away dvswitch all within this period. I have packaged some other applications that I needed to use - kup, ministat, odhcp6c - and I continue to maintain them. I have also made many NMUs, including security uploads, for all kinds of packages including bind9, e2fsprogs, (e)glibc, lvm2, sudo, sysvinit and udev.

However, for about the past 7 years most of my work in Debian has been done within the kernel team, working on the Linux kernel and closely related packages - such as crda, ethtool, firmware-nonfree and initramfs-tools. I have also become an upstream developer for several of these projects.

I'm proud to have played a part in the etch, lenny, squeeze, wheezy and jessie releases, and I have enjoyed attending 7 more DebConfs and many mini-DebConfs. I'm now looking forward to another great release (stretch) and to attending DebConf 16 in Cape Town this summer winter. I hope to still be active in Debian in 2026, looking back on another 10 years in this amazing project.

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Debian LTS work, April 2016

This month was still quiet for me in terms of uploads, as "wheezy" was only handed over to the LTS team near the end of the month. I carried over 5.5 hours from March and was assigned another 15 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative, but only worked a total of 12.25 hours. I have returned the spare hours to the pool.

As last month, I prepared a stable update for Linux 3.2 on kernel.org, which will be released soon as 3.2.80. I also triaged the open security issues and backported a few individual patches to our wheezy-security branch. However I expect to rebase the wheezy-security branch onto Linux 3.2.80 before making the next upload.

I also participated in discussion of supporting armel/armhf in wheezy LTS. I don't expect many LTS users to be using the Debian kernel packages, as we only supported a small range of ARM hardware before the introduction of the multiplatform flavours in jessie. However, those architectures rarely require any extra effort to support in linux stable updates so I had no objection to including them.

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