On Wed, 2017-07-12 at 13:32 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
On Wed, 2017-07-12 at 13:44 +0000, Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek
> On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 08:44:02AM -0400, Matthew Miller wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 01:20:58PM +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> > > > The fact that i686 kernels continue to work in general is basically
> > >
> > > You probably will deny this, but in practice it has been so for many
> > > years, because the i686 has dropped out of RHAT's business interest.
> > I don't think this is unreasonable. It is easy for us to support
> > architectures that a company is paying people to support. It is hard
> > for us to support architectures that are not getting that that kind of
> > support. As noted in this thread, this isn't just Red Hat -- it is true
> > of upstream i686 as well. No one is really interested in this. I
> > guarantee you that if some non-Red Hat person showed up and said "Hey,
> > I'm here to work on i686 N hours per week", we would say
> > "Red Hat doesn't care".
> Would it be possible to make this a Prioritized Bug?
> It seems to be a classic case of "affects a lot of people, nobody seems
> to want to take interest".
It's not a question of a single specific bug, though. It's a question
of having someone or a group of someones interesting in the *ongoing
requirement* for making sure i686 still works.
To give an example outside of the kernel, the installer 'Reclaim Space'
function has been broken on i686 for about 10 months, and no-one seems
to be lining up to fix that one either:
To make an implicit point explicit: if this bug had affected, say, ARM,
or PPC, or s390, I would've known exactly who to CC and say 'hey look,
here's a bug specific to the arch you care about'. That's the value of
those arch SIGs/WGs (I forget what we call things). There is no i686
WG/SIG, no more informal but well-known 'group of people who care about
and help fix i686 bugs', so I can't do it for that bug.
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