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Re: Future of m68k - Etch and beyond

On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 10:48:25AM +0100, Christian Brandt wrote:

> > OTOH, I would be willing to invest more machines, time and money in keeping
> > the m68k port alive - regardless of being it a part of Debian or not. 
> > Meaning: with all those political background Debian incorporates, it may be
> > worth a thought to fork the infrastructure and do our own stuff. 
>  To be honest Debian on m68k always felt bulky, overloaded and missing
> the point. Give me another distribution which focuses on delivering a
> lean core with at least make/gcc or maybe a simple package system like
> ipkg and I'll bury my Debian-m68k-CD deep enough to never bother me again.
>  apt-cache search whatever takes several minutes on my Amiga 3000.
> apt-get install can take hours even for medium packages. Before
> Debian-m68k I had early experiments with NetBSD and some
> Micro-Distribution (Watchtower?) and those distributions did not only
> outperform in package management, in most cases their
> memory-requirements were lower, their setup was more straight forward etcpp.

I agree with you that dpkg and other tools are dog slow. I got the feeling
that especially scripts are very slow on m68k (interpreted languages). 
The performance difference between AmigaOS and Linux is enourmous, even when
you consider the overhead of memory protection and other stuff. And the
difference is getting bigger and bigger. 

>  I hate to be the first one to stop kicking the dead horse but, ya see,
> its dead.

The Amiga is told to be dead since the demise of C=, and even longer... ;)

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