Re: Retiring the sparc32 port
Hi Steven and Denyer,
We are *also* sad to see sparc32 go, but these kinds of messages are only
a repeat of similar reactions on earlier threads.
What we need to sparc32 alive - not only in Debian, but in Linux in
general - is not people who are sad, but people who are willing to invest
time and energy to fix the issues there are, to make sure sparc32 is
supported in the software (kernel, toolchain, whatever) and who are
committed to _keeping_ it maintained.
Being sad unfortunately does not help with that at all.
I joined the sparc32 list with the intention of contributing. My
surprise, and disappointment, is because the first message that I saw
regarding the architecture is that it is going to be retired. Yes, I
agree that "being sad" does nothing, except indicate that there are
people out there who use it. (I can think of a few school districts that
have limited budgets that have a SPARC or two).
As to alternatives, what you should be looking for is somewhere where
there is a vibrant sparc32 community, including people who are not just
sad, but who are actually doing work to maintain the port.
I believe that they do, though I have not made any overtures to join
their community yet, as I don't have as much experience with their kernel.
I have no idea if NetBSD has such a community or not.