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Re: 68k or m68k port status

Op di 08-07-2003, om 19:04 schreef John Klos:
> Hi,
> > > I was more curious about the Debian OS project itself, not necessarily the
> > > packages project.
> >
> > I haven't read my Stallman lately, what is the Debian OS? Isn't it
> > GNU/Linux? GNU packages and Linux is the kernel. GNU/Hurd and and GNU/BSD
> > are in the works afaik, you might want to ask on a different list if you
> > want to hear more about that.
> You mean that an installation of Debian is nothing more than the Linux
> kernel, a collection of GNU utilities, and the Debian package system?
> There's nothing else unique about Debian at all?
> > > One of the reasons I left Linux many years ago is because of the lack of
> > > consistency and support across architectures, but I'm getting the
> > > impression that Debian is working to fix that. It seems that m68k and
> > > PowerPC seem to be on parity with i386 in terms of codebase age and
> > > usability. Is this impression correct?
> >
> > What Codebase? The kernel? The GNU?
> Kernel, userland, and packages. I'm sorry - did I need to be specific
> about this?
> The point is that when I first tried Debian many, many years ago, i386
> Debian was noticeably newer than m68k Debian, and there were some security
> issues with m68k Debian software (both OS software (kernel and userland)
> and packages) due to its age. Because I was somewhat new to Linux, I found
> it difficult to compile things from scratch, so I decided m68k Debian
> wasn't viable at that time.
> I'm curious to see how things have changed in the last five or more years.

They have. Debian has expanded to 11 architectures in the mean time, and
if i386 Debian would still be 'noticeably newer' than other
architectures, we would be in trouble.

Due to our autobuilders, things are more or less in sync now; only when
there are porting- or toolchain-issues, things get out of sync.

(And yes, there are toolchain-issues for m68k currently. I'd think help
is appreciated :-)

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