[Haskell-cafe] Re: [darcs-users] Poll: Do you need to be able to build darcs from source on GHC 6.6?

Juliusz Chroboczek Juliusz.Chroboczek at pps.jussieu.fr
Tue Oct 28 19:42:05 EDT 2008

> Debian is nice in some ways and it's really great that stable lives up
> to its name, but I am sad that Debian has such old software for so
> long.


I know it's frustrating, but please understand where we're coming from.

There are a number of servers that support our research.  The important
thing to understand is that nobody is paid full-time to maintain these
servers.  For example, in our lab, the production servers are maintained
by one technician that has a number of other machines in charge, the server
for experimental stuff is maintained by myself and one postdoc in our
copious free time.

As far as the server I'm in charge of is concerned, we apply security
patches in a timely manner, and we try to check the logs on a weekly basis.
Other than that, we avoid touching it.

Once every two years, usually in August, we move it from oldstable (head - 2)
to stable (head - 1).  We then spend a couple of weeks reading the logs
daily and ironing out any remaining issues.  (The production servers are
managed even more conservatively, the DNS server has only just switched to
stable, the web/SMTP server is still running oldstable.)

So please understand that it's not a matter of Debian or no Debian.  If
we were to upgrade my server more than once in two years, I would need to
find funding for a technician.


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