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Re: Suggestion: Promote Debian Architecture Neutral Release Format

On Wed, Jan 06, 1999 at 05:15:10AM -0800, Andrew Lynch wrote:
> Is "write once, run everywhere" an impossible dream?  I think it would
> help.

Nothing is impossible, but this is very impractical. The biggest problem
with the other ports not being released when the main dist is (i386) is
bugs in major parts of the system. glibc and kernel are the most notable.
Until recently the glibc on the sparc port wasn't very stable, and there
was also problems with kernels.

I applaud your reasoning behind releasing all ports at once, but it is
impractical right now. When the major portions of the system become sync'd
across all the platforms (hopefully glibc 2.1 and kernel 2.2 will do this)
then it will be only a matter of having maintainers build the packages.

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