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Re: port Debian GNU/kFreeBSD to sparc64?

Joost van Baal-Ilić wrote:
On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 02:26:55AM +0300, Bob Bib wrote:
On 28/07/15 13:09, Artyom Tarasenko wrote:
sparc was removed from sid.

So it looks like we must find what's got removed, restore it from
http://snapshot.debian.org/ and then re-upload that bunch to the
debian-ports with help of someone... And then fix all the FTBFS


However, http://www.freebsd.org/where.html indicates Sparc64 is still fully
supported by FreeBSD.  Debian GNU/kFreeBSD only ships for amd64 and i386.
Perhaps porting it to sparc64 would be more future-proof than trying to get
Linux back to sparc64?

I think that a lot of Linux/SPARC problems ended up rotting in the bugtracker because there was insufficient upstream interest in SPARC, and because many upstream developers (KDE, Mozilla and so on) no longer had viable SPARC systems.

The question boils down to whether upstream developers would be more enthusiastic about xBSD than Linux, or if in fact they've written off SPARC as only running server variants of Solaris and being utterly dominated by Oracle.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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