[arch-dev-public] Starting x86_64_v3 port

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Sat Jan 29 14:16:22 UTC 2022

On Sat, Jan 29, 2022 at 2:49 PM Allan McRae via arch-dev-public
<arch-dev-public at lists.archlinux.org> wrote:
> Assuming we need people to help the x86_64_v3 port, I would post a news
> item and have people apply.  We have advertised developer positions in
> the past and received dozens of applications, and readily filled the
> available positions with quality applicants.  They would be brought on
> as Package Maintainers (once approved on the staff list) with access to
> [extra] and [community], and have packaging privileges including being
> added to the keyring.
> While advertising for x86_64_v3 specific packagers, we should make a
> list of other packaging areas needing help and recruit for those too.

While I would have preferred to gradually have raised the CPU
requirements of our main repo (e.g. v2 right now and v3 in a few
years), maintaining two x86_64 variants for a transition period might
work. Nonetheless we should in work on how to get Arch back to be
bleeding edge regardless of this. One aspect might be to reduce the
overall amount of packages and get rid of unmaintained software
(either by us or upstream).

As the vast majority of hardware is v3 already we should consider
x86_64 (<v3) to be deprecated. I'd even recommend to agree on a date
when support for such CPUs will be dropped. Personally I would only
use and test on v3 once it is available. While not all of you might
agree right now, this is how it will end up eventually, like it did
with i686. Long story short: we might be looking for people
maintaining the x86_64 repos and not the v3 ones.



Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com

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