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Re: sparc32 and sparc64-only packages

Austin Denyer wrote:

> On Sun, 02 Jul 2006 17:08:08 +0000, Mark Morgan Lloyd
><markMLl.debian-sparc@telemetry.co.uk> wrote:
>> I agree. SPARC-32 might still have its place as an introduction for people with
>> no experience of Sun machines if that's all they can get hold of, but I can't
>> see anybody in their right mind expecting to run fancy animated graphics on it.
> It all depends what you use the box for.  I run IceWM on my 170MHz
> SPARCstation 5.  I agree that it's not suited for watching movies, etc,
> but it's still a useful box.

As xine comaintainer I'm interested if I should disable special vis
optimisations in the xine-lib source package sacrificing performance on
ultrasparc machines for the sake of older SPARCstations. This was not
meant as offence for SPARCstation users (and I don't have much clue
about sparc anyway), I rather want to find a good solutions for our

An other option would be to create a 'special' libxine1-vis package,
which has libxine recompiled with optimised libraries.

If the decision is that it is okay to include vis depending code for
ffmpeg and related packages, then I think we should have this documented
in the Developers Reference, if not, in Debian Policy.


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