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Re: hppa release status

Andreas Barth wrote:
> On further discussing that within the release team, we noticed that the
> Qualification page on
> http://wiki.debian.org/hppaLennyReleaseRecertification
> is not really complete, e.g. it says:
> | The installer is being maintained by ... and it's currently working
> | effectively. Successful installation reports are available at: ...

As I've mentioned before [1] I do maintain the installer for hppa to some 
degree. There is no serious known breakage and all D-I releases (unstable 
and stable) get tested on my own hppa box. We also do get occasional 
installation reports, either on the d-hppa list or in the BTS, but those 
are few and far between.

The work I do on D-I for hppa is done as part of my general D-I work, but 
I am not a hppa porter and have little to no knowledge of hppa hardware 
other than my own box [2]. For that reason I'm not willing to have my 
name at "is being maintained by" but I am willing to vouch for "it's 
currently working effectively".

Some porter involvement is needed for _all_ Debian ports to keep support 
in Debian Installer at an acceptable level. In the past Kyle has done 
this for hppa (and he still does take care of the daily D-I builds), and 
I'd be more than happy to work with Helge if he's willing to take over 
that role.

Note that hppa is not the only port that is lacking substantial porter 
involvement in D-I. Others are powerpc and sparc. As I also have a sparc 
box, the status of D-I for sparc is similar to hppa as described above.


[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-hppa/2008/05/msg00037.html
[2] a bulky but nice 785/J5600

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