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Re: Dropping/splitting (proper) i386 support

On May  1, Bill Allombert (allomber@math.u-bordeaux.fr) wrote:
 > On Wed, Apr 30, 2003 at 08:17:32PM +0200, Matthias Klose wrote:
 > > Would it be ok to drop i386-linux until somebody starts it again?
 > The problem with all the solution above are security update.
 > Most i386 are used as low-profile network appliance (router, DNS,
 > etc...) for which security update are vital. 

If Debian chooses to drop the 386, then those wishing to continue running them
as secure network appliances will have to either backport security fixes, or
buy a new machine.  Either of these choices will, of course, cost them more in
time or money than the current situation.  However, if "vital" means that the
cost of an insecure network appliance is very high, then the cost of
backporting or upgrading is small, in relative terms.  In other words, if the
possibility of a security breach is not worth spending a few hours
backporting, or a few hundred dollars upgrading, then I would question how
"vital" security is to those people.

Neil Roeth

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