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-= PROPOSAL =- Release sarge with amd64

The Debian project,

based on its Social Contract stating that its priorities are its users 
and free software,

recognizing that the AMD64-based architectures are likely to become the
most widespread on personal computers and workstations in a near future,

and acknowledging that its users want to take advantage of all this
architecture's features,

hereby resolves:

1. that the next Debian GNU/Linux release, codenamed "sarge", will 
   include the "amd64" architecture, based on the work currently hosted 
   at http://debian-amd64.alioth.debian.org/ ;
2. that non-compliance of that "amd64" distribution with the Linux 
   Standard Base specification for IA32 will not be considered a 
   release-critical bug;
3. that we will include it immediately in the "sid" distribution and 
   auto-building infrastructure, and take all appropriate steps so 
   that inclusion won't delay the release of "sarge" any further.


With our current release timeframe, AMD64 is likely to become the most 
sold architecture for personal computers way before the release that 
will follow sarge. If we don't release sarge with AMD64 support, our 
users will be very disappointed. The popularity of the debian-amd64 
project just shows what they are waiting for.

Furthermore, the AMD64 architecture is mostly ready. It now builds just 
as many packages as our other release architectures, and it has a 
working installer.

The only valid reasons for not including it are lack of LSB compliance
(which can still be easily achieved with a i386 chroot) and mirror space
(which will be saved using partial mirroring). Another reason seems to
be the lack of cooperation of some developers. This resolution intends
to make everyone cooperate in this direction. Of course, the author of
this resolution would welcome if the people responsible would just do
it, thereby making this resolution superfluous.

I'm looking for seconds for this proposal, and I hope this can be 
discussed quickly so that it doesn't delay the release for too long.
 .''`.           Josselin Mouette        /\./\
: :' :           josselin.mouette@ens-lyon.org
`. `'                        joss@debian.org
  `-  Debian GNU/Linux -- The power of freedom

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