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git-series: track changes to a patch series over time

Josh Triplett announced a new git tool, git-series, to manage patch series with git, tracking the "history of history". git series tracks changes to the patch series over time, including rebases and other non-fast-forwarding changes. git series also tracks a cover letter for the patch series, formats the series for email, and prepares pull requests.

This makes it easier to collaborate on a patch series, distribution package, backport, or any other development process that includes rebasing or non-fast-forward development.

Debian package maintenance tends to have this exact family of problems: maintaining a set of patches to upstream code, rebasing those patches on new upstream versions, reorganizing/refining/adding/dropping patches, having individual patches merged upstream, and backporting changes *from* upstream.

If you're interested in developing workflows for package maintenance with git-series, please follow up to debian-devel. More detail is available.

-- Josh Triplett

PHP licence applicability to the Debian archive

The FTPMasters have published to allow PHP 3.0+ licensed works in the main archive. This allows software published under the license to be included, but with specific guidance to the wording in the copyright file. It also serves to ensure compliance with the PHP trademark.

-- Neil ?McGovern

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