Better living through software

Ben Hutchings's diary of life and technology

Email: ben@decadent.org.uk • Twitter: @benhutchingsuk • Debian: benh • Gitweb: git.decadent.org.uk • Github: github.com/bwhacks

Tue, 05 Jan 2021

Debian LTS work, December 2020

I was assigned 16 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 9 hours from earlier months. I worked 16.5 hours this month, so I will carry over 8.5 hours to January. (Updated: corrected number of hours worked.)

I updated linux-4.19 to include the changes in the Debian 10.7 point release, uploaded the package, and issued DLA-2483-1 for this.

I picked some regression fixes from the Linux 4.9 stable branch to the linux package, and uploaded the package. This unfortunately failed to build on arm64 due to some upstream changes uncovering an old bug, so I made a second upload fixing that. I issued DLA-2494-1 for this.

I updated the linux packaging branch for stretch to Linux 4.9.249, but haven't made another package upload yet.

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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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