Sorry I didn't post it to the right place - I did look around but I didn't see it.
Not a big problem - just you would be more likely to get a response in the request area.
Is the source code from Debian not good enough? 2.5.9 is installed by default on Ubuntu and many other distros.
I'm not sure what the official policy would be. On a practical level, it makes automated packaging more difficult, since all the normal scripts expect a tar.gz or tar.bz2 source package. I'm also a bit puzzled as to why the official GNU package has not been updated past the 2.5.4 version.
I'll see what I can do with it next week sometime....