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Re: Dropping sparc32 for Lenny (was: Scheduling linux-2.6 2.6.21-[23])

On May 18, 2007, at 5:39 AM, Frans Pop wrote:

On Friday 18 May 2007 14:05, Bastian Blank wrote:
I have to acknowledge the message from Dave[1]. Until there is a new
kernel upstream it may be possible to compile it but it is impossible
to fix real problems.

Yes, I completely agree with that.
However, when you casually propose to _deprecate_ (instead of temporarily
disable) sparc32 as part of a kernel upload proposal, then I feel the
discussion needs to be moved to a wider audience.

On Friday 18 May 2007 14:12, Bastian Blank wrote:
On Fri, May 18, 2007 at 04:23:00AM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
Has there been any input from the sparc porters on this last change?

There are very few really active porters for sparc. Most active over the past couple of years has been Jurij Smakov, and he launched the proposal
to drop sparc32.

Working on sparc32 during the last year was anything but fun. There were a few near misses when I was not sure whether it will be in good enough shape for etch. I consider it a lucky coincidence that it ended up in somewhat less broken state in time for release. I think it's time to put it to rest and improve sparc64 performance by turning on Ultrasparc-specific optimizations for our
package builds.

Best regards,


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