Currently sparc32 is holding back progress for debian-installer because there is no 2.6.12 kernel available. This is also blocking sparc64 from switching to the 2.6.12 kernel. As 2.6.8 kernels are likely to be dropped for testing/unstable, there is no real use in keeping 2.6.8 for sparc32. I understand Jurij Smakov has been working on some of the issues and has had some success with a monolithic kernel, but that is not an option for the installer. So, unless there has been some very real progress that we're not aware of, it looks like we will have to drop 2.6 support for sparc32 in D-I. In practice this will mean the sparc32 netboot-2.6 images will be dropped. If a working current 2.6 kernel can be produced later, we can of course add sparc32 back in. We will be able to keep 2.4.27 support for now, but only as long as that kernel remains in the archives for testing/unstable and supported by the kernel team; a decision about the future of 2.4 kernels for Etch has not yet been made. Cheers, FJP P.S. For sparc64 I plan to add dual boot support (both 2.6 and 2.4) to the CD images soon.
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