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Re: Sarge may be last Debian release for 32 bit sparc systems

Generally it means that you can continue to install the latest software on
your sun4m, but do not file bug reports, and likely, compile your own

On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 11:19:55PM +0200, Hendrik Sattler wrote:
> Am Montag, 25. Juli 2005 23:06 schrieb Blars Blarson:
> > In my opinion, we should drop support of all 32-bit sparc systems from
> > Etch due to lack of people willing to spend the time to support them.
> > This doesn't mean that we should delibaratly break things for them,
> > but that the interest in continuing to support them is below what is
> > needed to keep them as a viable part of Debian.
> Hmm, what's needed to support sparc32?
> Debian is one of the last to support sparc32 and I'd be really sorry to see it 
> abandon that support.
> Any alternatives?
> > Support of sun4c and sun4d was effectivly dropped from Sarge.  The
> > only reports trying d-i on this hardware that I remember seeing were
> > failures, and noone bother to try to fix it.  Upgrades from Woody may
> > work, but were not well tested either.
> >
> > Sun4m is the last supported 32-bit sparc architecture.  Reportedly,
> > the 2.6 kernel does not work in multi-processor mode on them, and
> > dropping support of 2.4 from Etch is being discussed.
> Ok, kernel development is not that easy, especially when it comes to SMP 
> support. Additionally, I do not understand how such support can break during 
> development...
> HS
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