I haven't heard too many people asking if
will make etch.
Maybe everyone just assumes it will, because the latest transitions have been
pretty good, or maybe everyone just assumes it won't because nobody would
expect Debian to ship with a current GNOME release, right? Or maybe
Debian is immerse in what looks like the beginnings of a civil war, and that
is more interesting.
The Debian GNOME team has been preemtively working on GNOME 2.16, though,
as the release clock is ticking. Lo c has spent a big amount of time revamping
the packaging of GTK+ and Pango, finally resulting in sane source packages
people can look at. Joss
, Lo c and others
have worked on the rest of the Developer Platform packages, which is now
ready for testing in experimental. The evolution team has also been rocking
and all the associated packages are ready to go in experimental as well.
GNOME 2.16 status page
still shows quite some red for Desktop packages, which are now being worked on,
with GTK+ 2.10 in place.
But we still haven't decided if we can go ahead and attempt a 2.14 -> 2.16
transition in time for etch. Our biggest concern are the known problems of
GTK 2.10's file chooser regarding cancelling of operations. Apparently, other
distributions are getting bad bug reports due to these, so we need to be
very careful about it. We know there are people working on an upstream fix
as I write, but we don't know when there'll be a patch for GTK+ and libgnomeui
available. If we learn it's due soon, we might start speaking to our release
managers about the possibility of starting a transition. If we have no news,
it'll probably be too late.