Why do we still have this on the distribution?
while grepping thru the Vancouver thread, I was trying to understand
why Sparc isn't in the "likely first class citizens for etch" list.
My impression was that Sparc is one of the "healthy" ports. Looking at
http://buildd.debian.org/ I noticed that, say:
is three years old. Browsing even more I found:
is I guess is better, but doesn't really help me understand some
numbers others have posted (notably, that sparc is below the 98% line).
Discussing this with someone who actually uses the Sparc port on a
daily basis, we noticed that we still have php3 in the archive.
Looking at depencencies I see:
$ grep-available -n -s Package -F Depends php3 | sort -u
I don't use PHP at all, but I know this much: PHP3 is code left to
rot. Are people really maintaining code this old? Old per se is not
the problem, but old, unmaintained, complex and shown to have security
During the discussion another point came up regarding the download
metrics: all architectures are equal, but some are more equal than
others. You can't compare 16 i386s to a single sparc with 16
processors with such a metric.