[conspire] Cobalt Qube2 revival
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Mar 12 13:26:28 PST 2006
Quoting Daniel Gimpelevich (daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us):
> Debian wants to drop support for architectures that can't get at least 50
> users to tell them not to.
My understanding of the Vancouver Proposal is not that they intend to
_drop_ those platforms, exactly, but rather that they would cease being
"first-class-citizen platforms" in the sense of coordinated
stable-branch releases being always delayed until they are in a
qualified release-ready state on all platforms. This is in part (my
interpretation) a response to how well Ubuntu is doing with its release
schedule, with just three CPU platforms.
The "second-class-citizen" (SCC) platforms would still have releases
whenever their various development crews can so arrange. Quoting the
Architectures that are no longer being considered for stable
releases are not going to be left out in the cold. The SCC
infrastructure is intended as a long-term option for these other
architectures, and the ftpmasters also intend to provide porter
teams with the option of releasing periodic (or not-so-periodic)
per-architecture snapshots of unstable.
And I tend not to care particularly about stable-branch releases,
anyway. Tracking testing/unstable suits me just fine, generally.
> I don't know what use getting counted is after an arch hits that magic
> number, and apparently others don't either, since more people have
> been counted for m68k than for PowerPC. It would be a shame if they
> drop support for the Qube this close to the threshold. The mipsel port
> needs only two more registered users to make it! Are you one of them?
> If you have overlooked this, the URL is:
I hadn't known about that, so I've now registered my voice for mipsel,
making me user #52 for that arch, at this date.
Personally, I think the Vancouver Proposal makes a lot of sense for
Debian. (First-class-citizen arches would be i386, powerpc, ia64, and
amd64. And I think Ubuntu made the right choice in ignoring Itanic, but
presumably some others don't agree.)
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