Misleading title. . .
Posted Mar 14, 2005 20:42 UTC (Mon) by topher
Parent article: Debian proposes dropping most architectures
This has a very misleading title.
Debian is not planning to, or even considering to, "drop" most architectures. What they're likely going to do is stop trying to produce a synchronized stable release for all architectures. Debian currently supports 11 architectures (for Sarge), and the fact is, it's too much. The time and effort required to get all of the architectures into a releasable state at the same time is one of the primary factors that keeps Debian releases as spread out as they are.
By selecting a handful of primary architectures (x86, PowerPC, IA64, and AMD64 (personally I think they should add Arm to it, also, and if needed (I don't know how many primaries they want at a maximum) move IA64 to secondary)), they greatly reduce this burden. Post-Sarge, they will do official stable releases for those architectures, in much the same way they do now. The secondary architectures will be allowed their own release schedule as determined by their port maintainers. No more holding up the entire stable release because (for example) the m68k architecture is having an issue.
Personally, as a Debian user, I think this is a good thing. I also think it will help move Debian towards a more regular (and attainable) release schedule.
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