On Fri, 2016-09-30 at 22:34 +0200, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote: > On 09/30/2016 09:04 PM, Niels Thykier wrote: > > > > As for "porter qualification" > > ============================= > > > > We got burned during the Jessie release, where a person answered the > > roll call for sparc and we kept sparc as a release architecture for > > Jessie. However, we ended up with a completely broken and unbootable > > sparc kernel. > > To be fair, this happened because the upstream kernel development for > SPARC came to an almost complete stop. There was basically only David > Miller working on the port which turned out not to be enough. > > This isn't the case for PowerPC32 where upstream development is still very > active because it's part of the PowerPC kernel which is maintained by > IBM. This is not at all true. My experience is that IBM doesn't even build- test 32-bit configurations, as evidenced by several stable updates causing FTBFS in Debian. > PowerPC32 is also still quite popular which is why it still sees > quite some testing in the wild. There are still new PowerPC32 designs > based on embedded CPUs (FreeScale and the like). Which are very different from the Power Macs and similar platforms that most Debian powerpc users care about. > As for SPARC, Oracle is actually now heavily investing in Linux SPARC > support, so even SPARC is getting back into shape which is why I hope > we can add sparc64 as an official port soon. [...] Oracle cares about Solaris on SPARC, not Linux on SPARC. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Klipstein's 4th Law of Prototyping and Production: A fail-safe circuit will destroy others.
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