Re: Alternative: Source-Centric Approach [w/code]
On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 12:42:54PM -0500, Stephen Frost wrote:
> - 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.
This sounds like the idea already going around of, essentially, 'build
what we can'.
I'm suggesting that we go a step further and enable a new segment of
the user base. The turnkey people use x86 (+relatives) and PPC. The
people on other arches can either step-up to provide resources to
Debian, or they can build what they need.
Of course, I'd rather not cut the support. But John draws, IMHO, a
reasonable line in the sand.