Re: Intention to drop sparc32 support for Lenny
On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 09:58:00AM -0700, Joe Buck wrote:
> On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 12:00:24PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> > The sparc32 port has been struggling for some time. Last month Jurij
> > Smakov, currently the most active Debian Sparc porter, raised the question
> > if support sparc32 should be dropped for Lenny .
> Fine, as long as you provide 32-bit as well as 64-bit userland. Otherwise
> many programs will pay a substantial performance penalty, as pointer-heavy
> programs double their memory and I/O requirements (and Sparc doesn't get
> any compensating benefit the way x86-64 does from extra registers in
> 64-bit mode).
I think it's going to stay 32 bit userland, just a 64 bit kernel,
and maybe some selected 64 bit libraries and programs.