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Re: amd64 and sarge

> > Bi-arch being less painful than multiarch, in my
> > opinion -- it needs to touch far fewer packages:
> > http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64/2004/07/msg00244.html

On Thu, Jul 29, 2004 at 11:43:00AM -0400, Stephen Frost wrote:
> This is only true if you do a half-ass[1] job w/ bi-arch.  This isn't, 
> and never has been, the intent of the amd64 porters.  Multiarch is
> coming and will take quite a while to do but we will be much better off
> for it.  We will also give our users the ability to use their systems to
> their fullest potential- not just as a platform upon which to run
> binary-only commercial apps.

I dispute your half-ass assertion.

biarch is useful for systems in transition.  That means people upgrading
from 32 bit systems, and people working with packages which haven't been
ported -- for whatever reason.

There's little to no gain in making every package biarch.  So there's
no point in calling a plan to not do so "half-ass".

And, frankly, the current pure64 port already includes most of what
biarch needs.


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