[Pkg-samba-maint] Samba 4.1.17 Jessie

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Mon Mar 14 07:21:09 UTC 2016

On Thu, 2015-12-03 at 17:44 +0000, Jelmer Vernooij wrote:
> Hi Rob,
> On Thu, Dec 03, 2015 at 11:25:04AM +0000, Rob Mason wrote:
> > Hi Guys - currently the Samba4 release is at 4.1.27 on Jessie.  Are
> > there
> > plans to move to 4.2 or 4.3?
> Packages in stable releases are not upgraded to new major
> releases, though we may backport bug fixes for severe bugs in stable
> releases.
> You can either wait for stretch to be released (with Samba 4.3,
> hopefully) or request a backport of a newer Samba once 4.3 hits
> testing. See http://backports.debian.org/

Like all stable distributions, we are going to be in a bit of a bind
when Samba 4.4 is released.  The Samba team has tightened up the
release cycle, and so there will be much, much longer that Debian (and
all the other vendors) will be maintaining 4.1 without the official
support of samba.org.

Now of course we have long had this policy, and long provided
backported patches far further than we promise, but upstream will
hopefully be releasing Samba 4.6 by the time Jessie becomes old-stable,
let along unsupported.  Samba 4.1, particularly in the AD DC, will be
very old by then.

I'm not sure what I can propose, I'm just a bit worried.  

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                       http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team  http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Catalyst IT          http://catalyst.net.nz/services/samba

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