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Re: lenny+1 and the future of the alpha port?

On Thursday 21 August 2008 21:36:22 Steve Langasek wrote:

> If not, I think it's time to look at retiring the alpha port gracefully as
> a release architecture.  Alpha has had a long, proud run in Debian, but if
> alpha/lenny+1 isn't actually going to be useful to anyone, and no one is
> really maintaining it (we've been mostly coasting for lenny already on the
> porting front), it would be better to drop the port now rather than
> continue to take up project resources and become a source of resentment.
> Thoughts?

I imagine that many of the uses people have listed lately (especially the 
firewalls) would only require source code and a compiler.  So we wouldn't 
REALLY lose Alpha until the kernel no longer builds on it.  That is sadly the 
condition of my old IBM 6015 PowerPC boxen, which are stuck on 2.4.18.  :(

Having a complete Lenny would at least let us bootstrap updates we roll 

I'm not a coder, but I think I can work out how to make debs of tolerable 
quality if someone is absolutely stuck with a firewall w/o compiler or the 
ability to cross compile and needs help.

But that's a while off.  Steve, when you say dropping the arch for Lenny+1, 
what does that imply for Alpha when Lenny is oldstable?



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