Commit 58125c63 authored by intrigeri's avatar intrigeri
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Linux kernel upgrade: map source of information to what we're looking for

Thanks to anonym's feedback on #17610, I understood that this mapping
is not obvious, and misunderstandings create confusion, uncertainty,
and make folks do useless extra work.

So let's document better what information one should be looking for *where*,
instead of listing the info we're looking for separately from the sources
of info.
parent cf2f4c7c
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## Gather other data that will inform our decision
You'll find the relevant data in:
- [Changelog](https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/raw/sid/debian/changelog)
of the Debian package
- Kernelnewbies's [human-readable
changelog](https://kernelnewbies.org/LinuxChanges) of upstream
changes (only relevant for a new major Linux release)
- [Debian BTS](https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?archive=0;dist=unstable;ordering=normal;repeatmerged=0;src=linux)
- Debian [security tracker for
Linux](https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/source-package/linux)
In there, look for:
- Security issues fixed in _unstable_ since the version we currently ship<br/>
Note: look for "CVE" in the changelog entries newer than the kernel
we currently ship.
Look for:
- Security issues fixed in _unstable_ since the version we currently ship
To do so, look for "CVE" in the
[Changelog](https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/raw/sid/debian/changelog)
entries newer than the kernel we currently ship.
- Major security fixes still not fixed in _unstable_ (in which case,
depending on when we are in our own release process, it may be worth
delaying the analysis a bit)
To do so, use the Debian [security tracker for
Linux](https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/source-package/linux).
- Important regressions i.e. bugs with severity _important_ or higher
recently reported to Debian against this version of the kernel<br/>
Note: there's no simple way to display only the bug reports we're interested
in, so only check those whose title includes the kernel version we're
recently reported to Debian against this version of the kernel
To do so, in the [Debian
BTS](https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?archive=0;dist=unstable;ordering=normal;repeatmerged=0;src=linux),
look for bug reports whose title includes the kernel version we're
considering upgrading to.
- Relevant hardware support improvements
To get a rough feeling about it, skim over:
- the Debian package's
[Changelog](https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/raw/sid/debian/changelog)
- Kernelnewbies's [human-readable changelog](https://kernelnewbies.org/LinuxChanges)
of upstream changes (only relevant for a new major Linux release)
Take notes on the ticket of the most relevant bits or lack thereof.
## Make a decision
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