Re: Dropping sparc32 for lenny
> Perhaps I'm missing something in the big picture, but isn't the only
> difference between debian-sparc and debian-sparc64 the kernel? The userland
> is 32bit in both.
Almost. For etch we had somewhat of an embarrassing situation as a few
released packages won't work on 32-bit SPARC processors. We have no
mechanism to alert or prevent users from installing them where they
won't work, and no one working to re-add support for older CPUs.
For more information, see http://wiki.debian.org/Sparc64Only
If we change the toolchain to default to compiling V8plus code, we will
once again have consistency in the sparc port. Then if there are people
interested in maintaining a separate sparc32 port, with or without
fixing the packages which won't build, they could do so. I am not
interested in doing so.