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Ben Hutchings's diary of life and technology

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Tue, 01 Dec 2020

Debian LTS work, November 2020

I was assigned 16 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 4.5 hours from earlier months. I worked 11.5 hours this month, so I will carry over 9 hours to December.

I continued working on backporting fixes for some less urgent security issues in Linux 4.9. I had to give up on some filesystem fixes as they caused regressions. The others have now been applied to the 4.9 stable branch at kernel.org.

I updated the linux packaging branch for stretch to Linux 4.9.246, but haven't made a new package upload yet.

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Wed, 04 Nov 2020

Debian LTS work, October 2020

I was assigned 6.25 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 17.5 hours from earlier months. I worked 11.5 hours this month and returned 7.75 hours to the pool, so I will carry over 4.5 hours to November.

I updated linux-4.19 to include the changes in DSA-4772-1, and issued DLA-2417-1 for this.

I updated linux (4.9 kernel) to include upstream stable fixes, and issued DLA-2420-1. This resulted in a regression on some Xen PV environments. Ian Jackson identified the upstream fix for this, which had not yet been applied to all the stable branches that needed it. I made a further update with just that fix, and issued DLA-2420-2.

I have also been working to backport fixes for some less urgent security issues in Linux 4.9, but have not yet applied those fixes.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2020

Debian LTS work, September 2020

I was assigned 16 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 9.75 hours from August. I only worked 8.25 hours this month, and will return excess hours to the pool.

I attended and participated in the LTS team meeting on the 24th.

I updated linux-4.19 to include the changes in the buster point release, and issued DLA-2385-1.

I began work on an update to the linux (Linux 4.9 kernel) package.

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Thu, 03 Sep 2020

Debian LTS work, August 2020

I was assigned 16 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative, but only worked 6.25 hours this month and have carried over the rest to September.

I finished my work to add Linux 4.19 to the stretch-security suite, providing an upgrade path for those previously installing it from stretch-backports (DLA-2323-1, DLA-2324-1). I also updated the firmware-nonfree package (DLA-2321-1) so that firmware needed by drivers in Linux 4.19 is also be available in the non-free section of the stretch-security suite.

I also reviewed the report of the Debian LTS survey and commented on the presentation of results. This report was presented in the Debian LTS BoF at DebConf.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Debian LTS work, July 2020

I was assigned 20 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative, but only worked 5 hours this month and returned the remainder to the pool.

Now that Debian 9 'stretch' has entered LTS, the stretch-backports suite will be closed and no longer updated. However, some stretch users rely on the newer kernel version provided there. I prepared to add Linux 4.19 to the stretch-security suite, alongside the standard package of Linux 4.9. I also prepared to update the firmware-nonfree package so that firmware needed by drivers in Linux 4.19 will also be available in stretch's non-free section. Both these updates will be based on the packages in stretch-backports, but needed some changes to avoid conflicts or regressions for users that continue using Linux 4.9 or older non-Debian kernel versions. I will upload these after the Debian 10 'buster' point release.

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