• Release status of i386 for Bullseye and long term support for 3 yea

    From Lou Poppler@21:1/5 to Andrew M.A. Cater on Tue Jan 5 23:30:03 2021
    XPost: linux.debian.devel.release

    On Wed, 2020-12-30 at 14:27 +0000, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
    On Mon, Dec 07, 2020 at 07:55:11PM +0000, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
    Dear release team

    There seems to be only one maintainer.

    Still true as far as I can see - others have stepped up to test i386 executables but no more developers.

    Is i386 going to be supportable for the next 3 1/2 years and buildable for that long (given that almost all machines are now 64 bit capable and we're having to build some packages on amd64 for i386 - per ballombe)?

    I would like to help.

    I have one "Pentium III (Katmai)" based Gateway2000 machine, with debian_etch, 384MB ram (max possible I think), ethernet, USB1.6, DVD-RW, 3.5" FDD, IDE disks;
    and one "VIA C7-M" Pentium M based HP 2133 netbook, Jessie installed, 512MB ram,
    ethernet, USB2.0, 4GB SSD, 32GB SD-card, "Express Card/54" slot, WiFi+Bluetooth;
    (and one working 486, running an ancient 2.0.30 kernel I compiled myself; plus some more modern machines we actually use here).

    I volunteer using those pentiums for testing and/or building. I have pretty good internet speeds with pretty large monthly limits here. Both pentiums can run Buster live systems (needing swapspace for DEs), and can be re-installed with any desired releases. Various external USB disks are available.

    I also volunteer some amount of my own time for this cause -- I have somewhat rusty but hopefully still serviceable experience coding, reviewing code, building, integrating, testing, debugging, troubleshooting.

    Please suggest any debian lists or IRC channels or webpages I should look at, or other steps to make myself useful. Thanks.

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  • From Paul Wise@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jan 6 03:10:01 2021
    XPost: linux.debian.devel.release

    On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 10:24 PM Lou Poppler wrote:

    I would like to help.
    Please suggest any debian lists or IRC channels or webpages I should look at, or other steps to make myself useful. Thanks.

    The general page for how to help Debian is here:


    More specifically, you could:

    Join the #debian-cd, #debian-boot, #debian-buildd, #debian-ftp,
    #debian-ports (introduce yourself here at minimum), #debian-release
    and #debian-toolchain IRC channels (and maybe #debian-devel). There
    isn't really a mailing list for i386, so maybe use debian-devel or debian-amd64.

    Help test the installer:


    Install and enable popularity-contest on your i386 machines and submit
    to the Linux hardware database. Encourage other i386 users to do the


    Create install wiki pages for the hardware you own:


    Help maintain the installer and documentation:

    https://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/

    Create a new i386 page in the Ports area on the wiki based on the template:


    Maintain the other documentation about the i386 port:


    Create a scheme to tag i386-specific bugs (maybe user debian-devel,
    usertag i386) and maintain the installer usertags for debian-boot and
    the port usertags. Work on fixing the bugs tagged i386.


    Work on increasing the amount of software that builds and works on i386:

    https://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/ftbfs.cgi?arch=i386 https://buildd.debian.org/status/architecture.php?a=i386 https://tests.reproducible-builds.org/debian/testing/index_suite_i386_stats.html

    Follow #debian and #debian-next and help out any i386 users asking
    questions (although there aren't (m)any in practice).



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