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Re: Debian Archive

On Thu, 18 Feb 1999, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:

> I have finally made available our archive of old debian releases. This
> will be a permanent ever growing repository for old debian versions like
> bo, rex and buzz. We will not be keeping binaries available forever, but
> the source will stick around for some time. 

Keeping the binaries would make it easier to bootstrap an old system. What
if we can't build an old distribution with current tools? For example the
'bo' distribution was a.out, if I remember well, and support for compiling
a.out binaries is going to disappear soon.

 Now we could imagine that this permanent repository could be used one day
to provide support and patches to very old distributions, like some
commercial vendors do. In this case it is essential to be able to boot and
compile on such a distribution easily.

 What do you think of this?


Farzad FARID <farzy@via.ecp.fr>
Ingénieur Informatique Libre
Alcôve - http://www.alcove.fr/

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