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Re: amd64 as default architecture

Le Tue, May 22, 2012 at 04:01:29PM +0100, Ben Hutchings a écrit :
> On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 01:25:21PM +0000, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> > Ben Hutchings dixit:
> > 
> > >> > Eventually (wheezy+2? +3?) we would stop building a kernel package for
> > >> > i386.
> > >> 
> > >> As in drop the i386 arch?
> > >
> > >No, keep i386 userland only.
> > 
> > Oh, definitely not! Please keep this runnable on at least
> > machines such as Soekris (486-compatible), Pentium-M, etc.
> For ever and ever and ever?

Obviously, if there are no skilled volunteers to maintain the current i386
kernel, there is no way to support it.  But in case the user base is too large
compared to the developer base, perhaps users can self-organise and gather
donations to pay for the work ?  I would definitely prefer to spend the price
of a new hardware as ~5 years of donations instead of replacing it as long as
it is performant enough for its task (I bought mine a few months ago).  What do
you think would be the cost to keep a good-shaped i386 kernel package in
wheezy+2 ?

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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