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Re: [Stretch] Status for architecture qualification

On Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 07:33:56PM +0000, Niels Thykier wrote:
> Philipp Kern:
> > On 2016-06-05 12:01, Niels Thykier wrote:
> >>  * amd64, i386, armel, armhf, arm64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, ppc64el,
> >>    s390x
> >>    - *No* blockers at this time from RT, DSA nor security.
> >>    - s390, ppc64el and all arm ports have DSA concerns.
> > What is the current DSA concern about s390x?
> The concern listed as: "rely on sponsors for hardware (mild concern)"
> As I recall the argument went something along the lines of:
> "Debian cannot replace the hardware; if any of the machines dies, we
> need a sponsor to replace it.  If all of them dies and we cannot get
> sponsored replacements, we cannot support the architecture any longer"
> (My wording)

Yeah, but that's unfortunately one of the universal truths of this port.
I mean in theory sometimes they turn up on eBay and people try to make
them work[1].

It also seems true for other ports where we commonly relied on sponsors
to hand us replacements. But maybe it's only ppc64el these days, maybe
there are useful builds available for the others (including arm64 and
mips) on the market now.

Kind regards and thanks
Philipp Kern

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45X4VP8CGtk
    (Here's What Happens When an 18 Year Old Buys a Mainframe)

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