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Re: Arch qualification for buster: call for DSA, Security, toolchain concernsj


On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 08:03:00PM +0000, Niels Thykier wrote:
> armel/armhf:
> ------------
>  * Undesirable to keep the hardware running beyond 2020.  armhf VM
>    support uncertain. (DSA)
>    - Source: [DSA Sprint report]
> [DSA Sprint report]:
> https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2018/02/msg00004.html

In this report Julien Cristau wrote:

> In short, the hardware (development boards) we're currently using to
> build armel and armhf packages aren't up to our standards, and we
> really, really want them to go away when stretch goes EOL (expected in
> 2020).  We urge arm porters to find a way to build armhf packages in
> VMs or chroots on server-class arm64 hardware.

If the concerns are mostly about the hardware not being rackable, there
is a rackable NAS by Netgear:


with an armhf cpu. Not sure if cpu speed (1.2 GHz) and available RAM (2
GiB) are good enough. The machine can run mainline Linux[1]. I think
U-Boot doesn't support this machine in mainline though.

Apart from that the people in #debian-arm (e.g. Sledge) seem to be
positive that at least armhf should be fine to be built on arm64

Best regards

[1] https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/arch/arm/boot/dts/armada-xp-netgear-rn2120.dts

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