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Re: ARM port(s) BoF at DebConf

On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 05:58:45PM -0400, Lennart Sorensen wrote:

> > We've been pestered several times by toolchain developers and
> > upstreams for various other projects that generate code for ARM
> > (e.g. JITs in browsers). It seems that Debian is about the only place
> > where anybody still cares about v4t any more, so we'll be the only
> > people seeing bugs related to broken (or even missing) v4 support
> > now.

> > Even Debian moves on, dropping support for older platforms from time
> > to time. We don't support actual i386 hardware any more, for example.

> I remember Debian had a kernel patch to try and keep i386 going even
> after glibc wanted to move to i486+ only.

The kernel patch had a fatal security flaw which no one ever fixed.  So this
patch was never included in a stable release. (http://bugs.debian.org/250468)

> So it was not by choice that Debian dropped i386.

It was dropped by the unanimous decision of every developer in Debian to not
fix the security bug in the i386 emulation patch.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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