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Re: Upcoming 2.1 Release Architectures

--On Thu, Oct 15, 1998 12:14 am +0200 "Christian Meder"
<meder@isr.uni-stuttgart.de> wrote: 

> On Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 10:05:25AM -0700, Stephen Zander wrote:
>> >>>>> "Brian" == Brian White <bcwhite@verisim.com> writes:
>>     Brian> Could I get some official word on which architectures wish
>>     Brian> to be included in the 2.1 release of Debian?  Thanks!
>> I don't think sparc is ready to go, though Johnnie or Eric may see it
>> differently.
> I'm neither Johnnie nor Eric but I think the basic tools on sparc are
> stabilizing (compiler, glibc2.1, kernel). I don't think Sparc is ready
> for a full blown quality release like i386.
> Does it make sense to go for a stabilized developer snapshot, i.e.
> a Sparc port which has base, required, standard and parts of the
> optional packages (sources based on the slink dist of i386) ? 
> Kind of a official _development_ release with a big disclaimer about
> the development character of the port. Powerpc probably would be a
> second candidate for such a release.
> 2 reasons in favour:
> * we ease the work of the CD producers to provide a _reasonable_ 
> (installable) snapshot of the ports

We don't have installable CDs, do we?

Our disks don't work on all models... although our netboot is better.

AFAICS, there are still serious bugs in X - and also the 2.0 series kernels
don't work well on SS2s, at least - but the 2.1 series kernels don't work at
all with our bash.

> * if there's a stabilized snapshot newbies will get (hopefully) a
> softer introduction in the wonders of the Linux-Sparc/Powerpc/Arm/...

I see your argument.  I'm worried that we might be perceived as giving the
message that debian-sparc is ready for primetime, which, alas, it is not..


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