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Re: [opensuse] Mozilla updates arriving delayed on openSUSE
Il 29/10/2012 19:52, Wolfgang Rosenauer ha scritto:
Am 29.10.2012 22:41, schrieb Philipp Thomas:
On Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:22:32 -0200, Marco Calistri
<marco.calistri@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Wonder why Mozilla updates are usually arriving delayed in comparison to
the Microsoft version.

Very easy: The Updates for MS Win* are done by the Mozilla Foundation,
whereas the releases and updates for openSUSE are done by a volunteer
maintainer (because we do some things differently from upstream). Therefore
it sometimes takes a bit of time before they appear.

Sounds like the delay is caused by the volunteer? ;-)

No, in fact it's like the following:
You get Mozilla updates usually at the same time for openSUSE as you get
it from Sometimes a bit earlier from openSUSE, sometimes a
bit later (within some hours). The thing is you get them only from the
optional mozilla repository at that time.
What is actually causing the real delay until the updates are available
from within the official update channel is that the final patchset needs
information about the vulnerabilities and that information is only
available from at release time.
So now time is counting:
- build new packages with that information in the changelog (as needed
by the policies)
- submit them for maintenance update
- maintenance team putting together the patchinfo
- wait until everything is built
- release it

The above causes the delay.

Then we have sometimes have the situation that Mozilla pulls a version
and provides a new one (like 16.0.1). That decision happened just right
before 16.0 was released for openSUSE and we rightfully skipped it,
adding another roundtrip delay to the release of 16.0.1.


Thank you Wolfgang,

Sorry if my question had underestimated the job of Linux packaging team.

I think that two or more days of delay is worth and completely acceptable.


Marco Calistri (amdturion)
opensuse 12.2 (Mantis) 64 bit - Kernel 3.4.11-2.16-desktop Gnome 3.4.2
Intel® Core™ i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz × 4 - Intel® Sandybridge Mobile
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