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Re: Resurrecting Debian on SPARC

John Paul Adrian Glaubitz <glaubitz@physik.fu-berlin.de> writes:

> On 11/13/2015 12:02 PM, James Reggie Reilly wrote:
>> Huge SPARC fan, would love to keep debian running on the arch. In a week
>> or so I should have a T2000 I can dedicate to buildd/testing and am
>> willing to help out however I can.
> We could actually set this one up as a buildd for sparc (32 bits)
> which is still on my TODO list.
> In order to be able to do that, we will need additional people who
> are willing to dedicate some time for supporting the port.
> Aurelien Jarno, who is the "gate keeper" for the Debian Ports
> infrastructure, asked me to present a team of at least 3 people
> who would be willing to dedicate some of their time to the
> port. The more, the better.
> I would be in and Helge Deller (the main porter behind the Debian
> hppa port) would help me. Is there anyone else here who has some
> experience hacking code who would be willing to help?

Hi Adrian

I'm a programmer and I've been looking for a way to become more involved
with Debian, if you'd be interested in my help.

This past summer I spent some time investigating failed Debian/sparc
builds. The main issues I found were the now fixed fpu corruption bug,
the gold linker bug, and nettle. The nettle package was changed to
enable "make check" on the builds and this fails on sparc. This was
making nettle block a lot of packages before sparc was removed from

As far as buildd hardware, some interesting machines are for sale on
ebay for almost nothing. Some, like the t5120, have better single-thread
performance and more threads than the t2000 class hardware. If you have
a place for some noisy 1U servers I'd be happy to buy a machine for
Debian use as a buildd or porterbox.

Thanks for standing up for Debian/sparc and I hope I can help!


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