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

David N. Welton davidw at dedasys.com
Mon Mar 14 00:13:50 PST 2005

Well, the complete announcement explains how to get other
architectures added.  The rules are strict, but fair, in my opinion.


- it must first be part of (or at the very least, meet the criteria for)
  scc.debian.org (see below)

- the release architecture must be publicly available to buy new

- the release architecture must have N+1 buildds where N is the number
  required to keep up with the volume of uploaded packages

- the value of N above must not be > 2

- the release architecture must have successfully compiled 98% of the
  archive's source (excluding architecture-specific packages)

- the release architecture must have a working, tested installer

- the Security Team must be willing to provide long-term support for
  the architecture

- the Debian System Administrators (DSA) must be willing to support
  debian.org machine(s) of that architecture

- the Release Team can veto the architecture's inclusion if they have
  overwhelming concerns regarding the architecture's impact on the
  release quality or the release cycle length

- there must be a developer-accessible debian.org machine for the

By making the up-front bar higher, it means that it will be easier to
release because the infrastructure will be in place.

David N. Welton
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