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Re: Alternative: Source-Centric Approach [w/code]

* Marc Singer (elf@buici.com) wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 11:25:23AM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> > So, what do you think?  Could this work?
> I like the idea a lot.  What I'd like to see is a way to do a
> cross-platform build for the small system targets.  I do a lot of ARM
> work: low-performance, resource limited targets.
> Frankly, this is something I'm actively working on.  I agree that the
> Debian infrastructure shouldn't be required to do all of the building.
> It would be helpful, though, if there was support for other arch's to
> be built efficiently by the users of those arches.

I'm not particularly fond of the idea actually, mostly because of the
strain it'd put on our users.  An alternative:

- Mirror only the popular archs.
- Support buildds for stable-enough archs that run them.
- Try to include everything in a release, but drop archs more 
  quickly than has been done in the past if there's a lack of 
  resources, but do outline what people need to do if they want the 
  arch included.
- For archs that weren't able to make the cut, provide .debs for the
  packages which don't have RC bugs.  Don't provide .debs for the
  packages which have RC bugs on that architecture.  Attempt to include
  the archs in security updates, but if it's not built fast enough or
  whatever then drop the .deb for that package and provide the source
  update.  A fixed .deb can be done later by whomever.

I dunno, just some thoughts.  I don't like becoming a mostly source-only
distro for less common archs.  If someone wants to build the debs and
upload them, let them.


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