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Re: Release sprint results - team changes, auto-rm and arch status

On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:29 AM, Graham Whaley <graham.whaley@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3 December 2013 12:31, Hector Oron <hector.oron@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello Aron,
>> 2013/12/3 Aron Xu <aron@debian.org>:
>> > On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Hector Oron wrote:
>> >> Debian is currently being bitten by MIPS chinese prototype boards that
>> >> behave unreliably and are hard to replace.
>> >> I, personally, think that being able to buy (if needed) hardware is
>> >> not bad idea either, for the sake of replacements, redundancies,
>> >> etc...
>> > I wonder what do you mean by prototype boards? IIRC those 2E boxes are
>> > not
>> > prototypes but was available for purchase, but because they are old and
>> > 2F
>> > CPUs replaces its position...  Well the bad thing is that there are 3
>> > versions of 2F that has/had been put in production and only the last one
>> > does not have the NOP hardware bug...
>> Apologies for the confusion, allow me to clarify, I was referring to
>> 'mips' Octeon boards, either those were prototypes or failed QA, so
>> out of four boards send to ubcece:
>>  - One board was DOA
>>  - Two boards are really unreliable
>>  - One board is somehow stable
>> All of the above came with notes saying that eth0 was broken.
>> We do not want to repeat the same mistake for the mipsel port.
>> > I once used a 2F box for a couple of days and I now feel that 3A boards
>> > are
>> > much better than 2E/2F. Also, Lemote's Spark 6100 machine is easier to
>> > buy
>> > than Loongson's boards (Lemote's are available for purchase online
>> > without
>> > the need of contacting beforehand).
>> Yes, I found a Spark 3A 6100 at taobao site. I was planning to get one
>> for myself and check whether it can be worth it for Debian
>> infrastructure. So, I was wondering if you had experience with it and
>> if there is mainline supported kernel, bootloader, etc... in essence,
>> is it able to run buildd software with Debian software components
>> (doing minimal enablement)?
> Does anybody have a URL for purchase of those Spark 6100 machines? I had a
> surf on taobao, but completely failed to find anything lemote or loongson.
> I did check recently with the European distributor (tekmote) if they were
> going to sell the '3A mini-pc or desktop', and they said no :-(

And here you are:

Price is CNY 3999 right now, seems to be much cheaper than before (I
remember it was about CNY6999).


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