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Retiring the sparc32 port


First of all, I would like to apologize for falling out of the loop 
for almost 4 months. My move and settling-in period took quite a 
bit longer than I expected. In the meantime there was no further 
progress on the decision about continued sparc32 support, so I would 
like to address it as soon as possible.

The discussion which took place in April and May did not in any way 
resolve the fundamental problem of sparc32: lack of people actively 
interested in maintaining it (please correct me if I'm wrong). Most 
developers involved with the sparc port didn't object to dropping 
it. There were a few objections, but I haven't seen any realistic plan 
for keeping the port afloat. Even though it appears that there were a 
few bugfixes for it since my departure, there is still no active 
upstream maintenance, so I don't think we have sufficient reasons to 
re-enable the sparc32 kernel builds. Without the updated kernels the 
debian-boot team cannot really keep the installer in sync with other 
architectures, which means that we have to make a decision. I don't 
see other option than dropping it at that point, and I would like to 
make it official.

If there are no last-minute objections, I would like to make an 
official announcement on d-d-a that Debian is dropping support 
for sparc32 for lenny within the next couple of days.

Best regards,
Jurij Smakov                                           jurij@wooyd.org
Key: http://www.wooyd.org/pgpkey/                      KeyID: C99E03CC

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