[svlug] News from Vancouver: Debian to cut to 4 major arches for Etch (and Sarge news)

Jon Masters jonathan at jonmasters.org
Mon Mar 14 00:02:38 PST 2005


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Karsten M. Self wrote:

| This is buzz right now on #debian IRC channels.

| As of etch (next release after sarge), Debian will split itself to
| "major" and "SCC" (second-class citizen) arches.  Major arches are i386,
| powerpc, ia64, and amd64.

That reflects the typical user demographic. There is no point (IMO)
shipping a stable for every architecture, since the vast majority of
users are covered in those four arches and the others rarely run a
purely stable box anyway.

This might mean that people running Debian desktops can once again
consider actually installing stable on boxen in the future :-)

Of course, some will want $random_arch added - my favourite candidate
being something like sparc, but you'll always get such comments. It's
bound to make a few people feel screwed over, but the community is such
that someone can always go and run an offshoot for a given arch.

Jon.
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