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Re: Bits (Nybbles?) from the Vancouver release team meeting

On Mon, March 14, 2005 10:10, Ingo Juergensmann said:
> It would be better when the project would be honest and state that it want
> to become a x86-compatible only distribution (with the small tribute to
> powerpc users) than this braindead thingie.

The problems associated with carrying many archs have been well
demonstrated. This proposal is a way to address these problems. If you
want to keep all archs as a part of the central architecture, you have to
come up with a way to tackle the given problems (and not just shout that
you want to keep them - just continuing without changing anything is not
realistic). If you disagree, please come up with an alternative plan
yourself (preferably a worked out plan like this one).

To me this decision sounds like a very good idea. Catering to some very
specialised architectures can be good, but should not be a great burden on
the total project. Trying to include everything in one big distribution is
inherently not working (as has been shown with sarge). It is very well
possible to maintain high quality ports of Debian, and infrastructure is
provided for that, without making the release dependant on it.

At the SquirrelMail project, we include things that are of general use
into the main distribution. Someone who requires something that's only of
interest to a very specific group can create and maintain that as a
plugin. That seems a very logical way to deal with specialtistic features,
and you see that approach in many different projects.


Thijs Kinkhorst

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