Re: FreeBSD 14: Poll armv6 deprecated or removed

From: Kevin Bowling <>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2021 16:52:19 UTC
On Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 4:37 AM tech-lists <> wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 03, 2021 at 08:31:54PM +1100, Peter Jeremy wrote:
> >Since FreeBSD-13 will be supported until early 2026, by which time the
> >supported RPi hardware will be 10 years old, it would seem reasonable
> >to remove armv6 prior to FreeBSD-14.
> I'd say if the criterion was "old" then there are other candidates with
> far fewer units in circulation with hardware almost (over?) a decade
> older, like powerpc and powerpcspe.
> Literally *millions* of the rpi1b+ and its analogues were sold. They
> are durable boards, and they'll belong mainly to hobbyists. And as
> you say, they are still being made. Does FreeBSD *really* want to remove
> themselves from this audience?

FreeBSD wants any audience to help support the features they demand. Since
this particular audience has not, what may cause it to in the future? Not a
rhetorical question nor a vote for removing, this is a perennial problem in
open source and I am curious how you think this works so I can incorporate
it into my opinion.

> --
> J.