On Sun, 2013-04-28 at 10:30 -0700, Steve Langasek wrote: > On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 09:32:59AM +0200, Peter Palfrader wrote: > > On Fri, 26 Apr 2013, Steve Langasek wrote: > > > > On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 02:49:05PM +0200, Hector Oron wrote: > > > > Thanks, that is a very kind offer and with ARM hat on, we cannot > > > > reject the offer, it makes it very interesting as a playground > > > > machine. However, let me make some points here: > > > > > * ARM porters hat: It is very interesting machine, and very useful to > > > > start experimenting with it as Debian is seeking for a full Calxeda > > > > chassis. > > > > * DSA hat: The machine shall not be a debian.org machine, so DSA could > > > > export accounts if requested. > > > > Why in the world not? I'm sure there's no requirement for debian.org > > > machines to be hardware owned by Debian. The s390 porter machines/buildds > > > certainly aren't; I don't see why this machine would necessarily *not* be a > > > d.o machine managed by DSA. > > > > Of course if it's going to be DSA-administered, I'm sure DSA would want > > > exclusive admin rights on the machine; but that's just common sense, and > > > AIUI not excluded by the offer. > > > The impression I got during the brief from the arm porters is that it is > > so far unclear how well Debian will run on this nice shiney thing. > > So for now it's just a test box/early porting box, and the policies and > > procedures that come with DSAing a machine would be more a hindrance > > than an asset during that stage. > > That's fair, though I think the explicit goal should be to get it > supported by Debian *so that* it can be used as a buildd. > > FWIW, Ubuntu 13.04 ships with support for Highbank using (AIUI) an > unmodified upstream kernel. So while there may be some porting work to be > done before Debian runs out of the box on it, there's prior art and I don't > imagine the porting work required will be huge. [...] The plan of record for Debian armhf kernel support is to introduce a multi-platform 'armmp' flavour starting with Linux 3.9. So far as I know, it would be fairly easy to include Highbank support in that. Boot loader support is presumably going to require more work. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Sturgeon's Law: Ninety percent of everything is crap.
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