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Sparc release requalification


I would like to point out that sparc release requalification is currently
placing it in "at risk" position for squeeze release. The most serious
problems with the port are lack of developer involvement (there is currently
one active porter/developer known to the release team, Bernd Zeimetz) and
the fact that current mixed 64-bit kernel with 32-bit userspace setup is
not supported upstream (CC'ing doko for comment). On top of that, the sid
kernels are not booting on my machine (SunBlade 1000), and I have an
independent confirmation from someone with a similar machine that they are
experiencing similar problems - I'm going to file a bug for that if the
situation does not improve with the next kernel upload.

In order to ensure that sparc is getting released with squeeze, at least a
couple of potential contributors with available time and access to sparc
hardware should make themselves known (for example, by replying to this
thread) and attempt to fix outstanding kernel and userspace issues, as well
as start regular installer testing (on a somewhat brighter note, Stephen
Gran has reported an almost successful install on T2K recently [0]).

[0] http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2009/08/msg00392.html 

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

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