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Intention to drop sparc32 support for Lenny

The sparc32 port has been struggling for some time. Last month Jurij
Smakov, currently the most active Debian Sparc porter, raised the question if support sparc32 should be dropped for Lenny
Frans Pop:

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The sparc32 port has been struggling for some time. Last month Jurij
Smakov, currently the most active Debian Sparc porter, raised the question
if support sparc32 should be dropped for Lenny [1].

The main reason is the fact that sparc32 support is no longer being
maintained upstream for the kernel [2]. A result of that is that the
2.6.21 kernel is currently broken, which forces the issue.

Another reason is that dropping sparc32 support will allow optimization
for sparc64 which will result in improved support for the modern sparc
systems from Sun and Hitachi. Other distributions have already made this
choice.

Unless a group of people is willing to commit to providing the needed
upstream kernel and toolchain support for sparc32, the Debian project
will be forced to drop sparc32 for Lenny. Doing this early in the release
cycle has the advantage of allowing sufficient time to work on optimizing
support for sparc64.

Given the current problems with sparc32 in the 2.6.21 kernel, the final
decision on this will be made before the end of this month.

Frans Pop

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-sparc/2007/04/msg00044.html
[2] http://marc.info/?l=linux-sparc&m=117407830512186&w=2

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