Hi Connor! On 9/23/21 22:16, Connor McLaughlan wrote: > Unfortunately not all software in the repos and on snapshot are available > or give a bus errors and won't work. > For example all kde related stuff is not installable due to conflicts and > missing packages.
It is possible to fix these issues, but for that, we need bug reports. > I trained a whole year on NetBSD Sparc64 to get everything up and running > and then transplanted this knowledge to use pkgsrc on debian sparc64. > It also is by now way working out of the box and needs lots of manual > intervention, but lets you compile a lot of software with the exception of > firefox52, thunderbird52, and an older seamonkey. These seem to be too > optimised to run on NetBSD Sparc64. I'm stuck on bus errors for those while > they do run on NetBSD sparc64. Firefox on SPARC is actually maintained by Oracle. So, in principal we should be able to get it to work and I managed to get it to work in the past. > Debian sparc64 is an unofficial port and if i am not wrong, i think Adrian > is almost the only person maintaining it. > Also sparc is heavy on the decline and no mainstream OS used for desktop > work anymore. So a lot of the bugs are not reported and visible upstream. > And debian is one of the last linux distributions even to have a port. Once > the kernel drops it (just happened to ia64), or Adrian stops supporting, i > gues it will all be gone and i am forced back to NetBSD. Not sure where you got the information that ia64 has been dropped from the kernel sources, it hasn't. > For now I found my peace in combining debian and pkgsrc. This will lead to > a somehow complete desktop software collection. That's ok. But I think it would also help if people started reporting bugs and help fix them. Bus errors in particular are not that difficult to fix. Adrian -- .''`. John Paul Adrian Glaubitz : :' : Debian Developer - glaub...@debian.org `. `' Freie Universitaet Berlin - glaub...@physik.fu-berlin.de `- GPG: 62FF 8A75 84E0 2956 9546 0006 7426 3B37 F5B5 F913