[arch-dev-public] Starting x86_64_v3 port

Brett Cornwall ainola at archlinux.org
Sat Jan 29 17:35:07 UTC 2022

On 2022-01-29 15:16, Pierre Schmitz via arch-dev-public wrote:
>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.

Indeed, I would rather that we just move everything to v3 instead of 
supporting different versions.

This seems the simplest way forward.
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