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Re: Dropping/splitting (proper) i386 support

On Fri, May 02, 2003 at 12:04:47AM +0200, Bill Allombert wrote:
> On Thu, May 01, 2003 at 11:42:13PM +0200, Matthias Klose wrote:
> > Bill Allombert writes:
> > > 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. 
> > 
> > security updates are handled for stable only. testing and unstable are
> > unaffected from security updates (besides the normal uploads).
> > 
> > So temporarily dropping i386 support does _not_ affect security
> > updates.
> I assume you expect the problem to be solved before sarge is released ?

Well, since the security team is maintaining potato security still, i
guess that woody security would not get droped immediately upon sarge
release, so we have a bit longer.

That said, by identifying the packages that are really needed on a i386
box, it would be easy to simply add a limited i386 architecture by then,
which would be security supported.

In truth, the simplest solution has no technical problems, and is only
limited by storage size and mirror bandwith. Nothing is stoping us from
letting the i386 arch as is, and simply creating a new arch.


Sven Luther

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