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Re: Extended Long Term Support for Wheezy

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 11:48:43PM +0100, Joerg Jaspert wrote:
If this would be "just" extending the current LTS ways for more time,
then it would be OKish to stay on donated, voluntarily managed,
infrastructure. After all it helps all users of wheezy with updates,
nominally over all of wheezy.

But the proposal is effectively just for a benefit of a few paying
customers, with a very selected set of packages and architectures, all
the rest lost out.

To play devil's advocate, isn't this just a more explicit summary of how security support works in debian generally? When a package gets to be to hard to maintain, it just stops getting security updates. When an architecture gets to be too much cost for the benefit of updating, it doesn't get LTS. I don't see how the fact that some people are paying directly changes anything; there are already debian developers who get paid for doing debian work, and it's not as though the people who are purely volunteers can be made to work on anything in particular any more than the people who are getting paychecks. As long as the packages which come out of this are available for everyone I think it's a net win for the community and a reasonable use of debian resources. If someone wants more packages supported they could always pay for it or do the work, right?

Mike Stone