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Debian on Raspberry Pi and Pine* and probably ARM support in general (was Re: Debian on Pine64 H64B?)

On 2021-09-04, LinAdmin wrote:
> The unnamed decision makers of Debian some unknown time ago
> decided that Pi and Pine stuff won't be supported by Debian.

I personally have added support in Debian for:

  Raspberry Pi 1
  Raspberry Pi 2b
  Raspberry Pi 3b+
  Pinebook Pro

And other platforms... others have added support for other Raspberry PI
and Pine64 platforms, as well as numerous other platforms...

I used the Pinebook as my primary computer for over a year, using
absolutely zero software from outside of Debian...

Debian isn't a consumer product, it is a community project. It is
largely a volunteer effort, suppored by the community, so... if you want
something supported, please help to add the support.

It pretty much comes down to submitting patches, bug reports, merge
requests, etc. to enabled the appropriate kernel options, bootloader
support, and debian-installer support.

Debian doesn't generally support patches that wouldn't be acceptible in
upstream projects, or support non-free binary blobs out of the box, so
maybe the support isn't as good on a per-platform basis as some other
targeted distros willing to use vendor forks or patches for various

The support isn't always perfect; maybe all features don't always work;
I don't and can't personally test all combinations of features on all
platforms, nor have the time to enable all features on all combinations
of platforms. Thankfully, there are others in the community who test and
improve what they can.

Debian could always use more people helping with testing and perhaps
more importantly, upstreaming of support to make sure it works for their

I know not everybody can dive in and fix all kinds of issues, but there
is a pretty broad spectrum of ways to help out... sometimes things are
even supported but undocumented. Documenting workarounds and filing bug
reports appropriately is one angle that could potentially help.

> I switched to Ubuntu LTS which made me (and many others) happy.

Curious what exactly is different with Ubuntu that makes it work for

live well,

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