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SubjectRe: [security] Big problem on 2.0.x? (fwd)
Hi,

>I can certainly look at 2.0.x updates too, but I also suspect that the
>people who REALLY care are the distribution makers. I don't have any
>strong feelings about 2.0.x - although I _do_ suspect that you have to be
>even more careful than usual, because you're not going to get very much
>testing any more..

There may be more 2.0 users than you would expect. I have 5 or 6
machines with 2.0.x, and in our office there are 4 more.

>The people who are still on 2.0.x are not the kind of people who are
>excited about testing unless they have major problems, and THAT in itself
>is a problem - it means that you get a very self-selected tester list,
>which may result in exactly the wrong output from testing. So I would

This is probably true...

>suggest you only apply stuff that is "obviously correct" from reading the
>sources and directed testing, but I don't care enough about 2.0.x to
>really argue strongly one way or the other..

I dont know much about 2.0.x problems, here's what I know:

- driver updates for ncr53c8xx, network cards etc.
- compiling a i486 kernel on an i586 machine may make the kernel
unbootable or otherwise faulty on a 486 (binutils bug?)
- integrating the bootprom patch and swapping over NFS would be nice.
(patches worked for 2.0.34, not for newer versions)

Regards,
hjb
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