On 08/07/2018 08:09 AM, Gregor Riepl wrote:
>> This bug will be fixed once debian-installer has gained full support for 
>> backports.
> backports or debports?

Backports, see: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=879145#10

See also: https://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2018/08/msg00015.html

>>> It should also be noted that the desktop tasks are currently uninstallable
>>> because certain packages are missing from sparc64, but that is a minor 
>>> issue.
>> Which packages are those. Again, please report issues as you find them.
> I don't remember exactly, but I think I couldn't install any desktop tasks
> because some crucial packages were missing from the dependencies of 
> desktop-base.

We can't fix bugs that we don't know about.

> Also, there is currently no chromium and no firefox for debian-sparc64.

Getting Chromium to build on any non-x86 or non-ARM architectures is
a huge effort: 

Firefox on sparc64 is generally possible and Firefox 62 actually builds:

> https://buildd.debian.org/status/package.php?p=firefox&suite=experimental

It's most likely missing one important patch though:

> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1434726

> I tried to build foxi myself, but it's a pain with the limited memory the
> Ultra 10 has (and I upgraded mine to the maximum).
> rustc/cargo eats around 3GB of RAM!
> With special build flags (i.e. RUSTFLAGS="-Cdebuginfo=0"), compilation is
> possible, but takes a long time and ultimately stops due to poor big endian
> support in the source code and other bugs.
> They'e known, but without a proper fix.

We have reasonably fast SPARC machines for that although our fastest
SPARC-T5 is unfortunately out of service.

There are generally several packages that need fixing on sparc64, I can
provide a list for anyone interested in fixing them.


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