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From: Ard Biesheuvel <ardb@kernel.org>
To: Florian Weimer <fw@deneb.enyo.de>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>,
	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de>, Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>,
	Jessica Clarke <jrtc27@jrtc27.com>,
	John Paul Adrian Glaubitz <glaubitz@physik.fu-berlin.de>,
	Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>,
	Marc Zyngier <maz@kernel.org>, Guenter Roeck <linux@roeck-us.net>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	linux-ia64@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 0/5] Retire IA64/Itanium support
Date: Fri, 12 May 2023 16:45:55 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAMj1kXGXCFFQQObtkGje=Hym0GuEgR3h85MX8d1_hBb=b3Fxdg@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <87y1nvng1s.fsf@mid.deneb.enyo.de>

On Fri, 17 Mar 2023 at 23:56, Florian Weimer <fw@deneb.enyo.de> wrote:
>
> * Ard Biesheuvel:
>
> > The IA64 port of Linux has no maintainer, and according to a report from
> > its only remaining user [0], it has been broken for a month and nobody
> > cares.
> >
> > Given that keeping a complex but unused architecture alive uses up
> > valuable developer bandwidth, let's just get rid of it.
> >
> > This supersedes my patch proposing to mark it as 'dead', which received
> > no replies from anyone that wants to keep it alive. [1]
>
> Is this still going ahead?
>
> In userspace, ia64 is of course full of special cases, too, so many of
> us really want to see it gone, but we can't really start the removal
> process while there is still kernel support.

I brought this up again [0] in the context of GRUB (which has similar
issues related to EFI the the kernel has) and Adrian suggested to
raise this discussion more widely, perhaps on the distributions
mailing list, among other places.

Do you have any recommendations for a venue where we might find the
right mix of people who can drive this to a conclusion one way or the
other?

Thanks,


[0] https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/grub-devel/2023-05/msg00068.html

  reply	other threads:[~2023-05-12 14:46 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2023-02-15 10:00 [RFC PATCH 0/5] Retire IA64/Itanium support Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 10:00 ` [RFC PATCH 1/5] arch: Remove Itanium (IA-64) architecture Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 16:55   ` Guenter Roeck
2023-02-15 16:58   ` Guenter Roeck
2023-02-15 16:59     ` Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 10:00 ` [RFC PATCH 2/5] kernel: Drop IA64 support from sig_fault handlers Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 10:19   ` Arnd Bergmann
2023-02-15 11:13     ` Arnd Bergmann
2023-02-15 11:22       ` Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 12:46         ` Arnd Bergmann
2023-02-15 10:00 ` [RFC PATCH 3/5] Documentation: Drop IA64 from feature descriptions Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 10:00 ` [RFC PATCH 4/5] lib/raid6: Drop IA64 support Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 10:00 ` [RFC PATCH 5/5] Documentation: Drop or replace remaining mentions of IA64 Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 10:17 ` [RFC PATCH 0/5] Retire IA64/Itanium support John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
2023-02-15 19:30   ` Linus Torvalds
2023-02-15 19:42     ` Luck, Tony
2023-02-15 20:08       ` Linus Torvalds
2023-02-15 23:13         ` John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
2023-02-22 21:52           ` matoro
2023-02-16  5:04         ` Mike Rapoport
2023-02-15 23:09     ` John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
2023-02-15 16:50 ` Palmer Dabbelt
2023-02-15 17:00   ` Ard Biesheuvel
2023-02-15 18:20     ` Palmer Dabbelt
2023-03-17 22:55 ` Florian Weimer
2023-05-12 14:45   ` Ard Biesheuvel [this message]
2023-05-12 14:58     ` Florian Weimer

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