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Re: End of beta soon? drop i686?

From: swedebugia
Subject: Re: End of beta soon? drop i686?
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:26:49 +0100

On 2018-12-12 08:40, Andreas Enge wrote:
On Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 03:16:56AM +0100, Ricardo Wurmus wrote:
I'm opposed to dropping i686 support.  If we dropped support for systems
that are not well supported in Guix, the only system left standing would
be x86_64-linux.  I believe it is of paramount importance that Guix be
portable to multiple processor architectures.  Even if we are not yet
able to provide a good user experience on other systems, we can still
keep the bulk of our code portable and multi-architecture aware.

I whole-heartedly agree with Mark.  We will not drop i686 support.

And a big advantage of i686, even if noone were to use it anymore, is that
we have a large build farm capacity, since it is built on the x86_64 machines.
So it can act as our "canary in the mine", warning of portability problems.

Thanks for sharing your views on this.

I suggest we clearly state in the download page and or in the manual (Limitations) that i686 is a somewhat rough experience with not as many substitutes as x86_64 and might have more bugs too.


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