Debian may drop MIPS as an official release architecture

kyak bas at
Sat Oct 5 00:56:56 EDT 2013

I'm really suprised that this e-mail recevied such versatile answers, 
considering that every sentence of that message is a mixture of negativity 
and incompetence or just trolling.

On Fri, 4 Oct 2013, R Paxton wrote:

> 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
> time.
> 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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