Debian may drop MIPS as an official release architecture

R Paxton mrrhq1 at
Fri Oct 4 17:48:19 EDT 2013

Is this really true?

Debian has been nothing but problems for me over time. APT is so complex
that I can't even set my own compiler flags for my software like CCFLAGS
and USE flags (for Gentoo) unless I use something like my own local repo
with deb package source files. I might just have to consider switching all
of my systems to Gentoo/FreeBSD if Debian still cannot get their policies
and issues straightened out.

They've even removed Virtualbox from the free repo because it's compiled
with a proprietary compiler. And Wine nowadays does not even work right for
me under Debian. How dumb is that? Because of changes like these that the
Debian folks make, it makes the entire system more and more unstable every

I'm not saying anyone should stay away from Debian if they drop MIPS, but
at least try the Portage and Ports system too in Gentoo and FreeBSD before
deciding that Debian has "simply the best package manager". Certainly,
Debian does not have some of the best maintainers.

On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM, Paul Boddie <paul at> wrote:

> On Friday 4. October 2013 06.01.41 Rafael Ignacio Zurita wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 04, 2013 at 05:17:26AM +0200, David Kuehling wrote:
> > >
> > > just to let you know that given the very limited amount of people who
> > > seem to be available for MIPS-related porting and fixing, Debian may
> not
> > > include architecture MIPS as an official release architecture for
> Debian
> > > Jessie:
> >
> > What is exactly people available for MIPS-related porting?
> Yes, some specifics would be good about what the issues are (without
> having to
> read the whole thread). The summary table is amusing: hurd-i386 comes out
> ahead; perhaps we should get hurd-mipsel running on the Ben. ;-)
> I've done Debian packaging but haven't managed to graduate to DD status,
> but
> I'd probably lend my effort to helping out if the alternative was no more
> Debian on MIPS and thus no more Debian on devices like the Ben.
> Paul
> P.S. I'm only half-joking about the Hurd on the Ben. With the complete
> driver
> support for Linux, I wonder if it would be feasible to fully support the
> Hurd
> on the Ben as well.
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