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Re: Release status of i386 for Bullseye and long term support for 3 years?

On Wed, 2020-12-30 at 14:27 +0000, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 07, 2020 at 07:55:11PM +0000, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
> > Dear release team
> > 
> > There seems to be only one maintainer.
> > 
> Still true as far as I can see - others have stepped up to test i386 
> executables but no more developers.
> > Is i386 going to be supportable for the next 3 1/2 years and buildable for
> > that long (given that almost all machines are now 64 bit capable and we're
> > having to build some packages on amd64 for i386 - per ballombe)?

I would like to help.

I have one "Pentium III (Katmai)" based Gateway2000 machine, with debian_etch,
384MB ram (max possible I think), ethernet, USB1.6, DVD-RW, 3.5" FDD, IDE disks;
and one "VIA C7-M" Pentium M based HP 2133 netbook, Jessie installed, 512MB ram,
ethernet, USB2.0, 4GB SSD, 32GB SD-card, "Express Card/54" slot, WiFi+Bluetooth;
(and one working 486, running an ancient 2.0.30 kernel I compiled myself; plus
some more modern machines we actually use here).

I volunteer using those pentiums for testing and/or building.  I have pretty
good internet speeds with pretty large monthly limits here.  Both pentiums can
run Buster live systems (needing swapspace for DEs), and can be re-installed
with any desired releases.  Various external USB disks are available.

I also volunteer some amount of my own time for this cause -- I have somewhat
rusty but hopefully still serviceable experience coding, reviewing code,
building, integrating, testing, debugging, troubleshooting.

Please suggest any debian lists or IRC channels or webpages I should look at,
or other steps to make myself useful.  Thanks.

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