[Evolution-hackers] bug fixing in stable 2.22.x branch


I have a question primarily to the maintainers of the various Linux
distributions which include Evolution 2.22.x (Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, Debian
Lenny), but also to the Evolution hackers: the latest stable release,, still contains bugs. There are different ways to deal with
     1. Evolution upstream continues to apply bug fixes to the 2.22.x as
        long as important distributions use that.
     2. Maintainers of packages apply patches locally, without or with
        help by Evolution upstream. Upstream could help with bug

What's the current practice? It seems that upstream has already stopped
updating the 2.22 branch and bug fixes are only applied to trunk [1].

I'm bringing this up because at least one of the bugs will become
critical in September: as noted this week [2], the conversion of system
time zone information into libical time zone information (as used by
Evolution) yields an end of summer time which is one week too early for
Western Europe. It might also be incorrect for other countries and for
the beginning of summer time.

That's particularly disappointing because the work on improving time
zone support [2] was supposed to solve such issues. Now it looks like
Evolution will fail to display events at the right time - once again!

In addition to this problem I'm sure there are other bugs which could be
included in another 2.22.x release. The broken Exchange Connector
contact change tracking [1] is one example.

[1] http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=546934#c2
[2] http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=548268
[3] http://www.estamos.de/blog/2008/06/22/time-zone-handling-in-evolution/

Bye, Patrick Ohly
Patrick Ohly gmx de

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