Why dont we do something like a partial freeze, still considering newer kernels during the bug-squashing period? And fixing the kernel (and glibc and whatever depends on it) at the very last possible moment?
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Take into consideration: Centrino2, for example. Lenny has a kernel version 2.6.26, which doesnt support most of that newest hardware out of the box. Which is fine with me, since I know how minor and trivial it is to include newer kernels into Debian. But also consider end-users, and youll get a completely different picture.
What I want to say, and what Im really afraid of, somehow – is: Lenny is and will be obsolete and outdated, before its even released.