The future of the amd64 port

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 10, 2006 2:00 PM EDT
Mailing list; By Joerg Jaspert
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as some of you already noticed amd64 is now included in Debian unstable and soon in testing also[1]. This renders parts of unnecessary now (but please read on, especially mirror admins the last paragraph, thanks).

As inclusion of AMD64 in Debian is now at a point where unstable nearly has all packages built[2] we are at the point to move on with this archive. We therefore decided on the following plan, which should give the smoothest possible transition:

0. Users of stable: *NOTHING* changes for you. You can skip the rest. Sarge will always be on and its mirrors, security for it will always be on You only need to change something if you upgrade to etch later, but if you stay with sarge you can skip the rest of this mail.

1. will stop its own buildd and import source and binaries from Debian.

2. This method will be used until Debian etch is synced so far that debian-installer can install an etch system only using debian mirrors (and the CD-guys can built etch images only using debian mirrors).

3. At the time point 2 happens we will stop updating the unstable/testing tree, 2 weeks later we will remove them.

4. Users of unstable are encouraged to change their /etc/apt/sources.list to point to a Debian mirror now.

5. Users of testing need to wait a bit more, until Debian testing includes enough amd64 packages. That should be soon.[3]

Mirror Admins:

Please do *not* delete amd64 out of your configs. We will delete the unstable and etch part only (and free some space on your machines with it), but keep sarge for its whole lifetime (which means as long as the security team supports it after etch is released). You dont need to do anything, we still need you.

Footnotes: [1] Thanks to the hard work of the/our buildd admin(s). [2] Modulo those that are now RC-Buggy due to FTBFS and need a new upload and also modulo those that will get removed soon (like old python versions). [3] Well, if not you will notice the 404s you get back from the archive when we drop it, after having a period of no updates. :)

=2D-=20 bye Joerg ie: are we getting a nice connection? :) * gwolf silently reads Maulkin's question netinstall over 56kbps modem Maulkin: yes, they hope to have drums installed at the hotel by then so they can communicate with them at 20bit/s stockholm: Make them _fast_ drums! ok, 40bit/s I still have to meet a drummer who can slap at 40hz

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