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Re: debootstrapping m68k-coldfire

On Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 09:55:51AM +0100, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Wed, 5 Mar 2008, Ingo Juergensmann wrote:
> > Should support, but won't do so. In fact IT world became rather monocultural
> > when it comes down to architectures. MIPS is dead (except for embedded
> > systems), arm is embedded only, PowerPC is mostly dead with the exception of
> > some old PPCs and mainframes, and so on... Even i386 is about to fade away
> > in favour of amd64. 
> I just can't resist to comment: PowerPC is still big in game consoles,
> and the PS3 can run Linux.

In fact I've counted those as embedded systems as those are primarily
designed for one task and are not easily expandable as are "normal"
desktops. Since the Apple switch and the PegasosII being EOLd there's simply
no new PPC hardware available in the market (except for some expensive IBM
machines). Sure, the old macs will have a long life as well. The situation
of PPC is similar to the situation of m68k when Commodore went out of
business in 1994. Now we have 2008 and there's still some life in m68k.
There's much life after being dead, so to say... ;)

> However, due to the limited amount of memory compared to the PCs of
> these days, a `light' (desktop) environment is still a good thing to
> have.

Right, therefor I'm in favour of "removing" (i.e. adding to N-F-U) some useless
and resource consuming packages from m68k.
Sure, it's nice to have KDE and/or Gnome on m68k as well, but if that means
that this will kill the port, then it's better to make a cut and primarily
build other packages that are more useful/lighweight packages like Icewm and
such first. If we have the time and resources we can then build/support
those 'heavier' packages as well in a different repo, similar to non-free,
maybe non-standard or such...  

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