Dropping Debian ARM packages

Currently, our ARM Debian builders are running on sponsored Scaleway infrastructure. However, Scaleway is ending their ARM offering:

Starting from April 16th, 2020, it is no longer possible to create new C2 and ARM64 Instances. In addition, their support will end on July 1st, 2020. As a result, our technical assistance will no longer address issues related to those instances. A price increase is also to be expected on July 1st, 2020. Lastly, C2 and ARM64 Instances will be completely deprovisioned as of December 1st, 2020.

They have published a migration guide, but that sadly does not help us, as it’s about migrating to x86_64 systems.

As such, we’re left without support for our existing machines soon, and won’t be even able to use them by the end of this year.

Given the low usage of the ARM packages and the fact that ARM offerings with other providers are scarce and/or expensive, we as a project would like to drop those packages, unless there is sufficient interest in the community and someone who would sponsor machines/VMs.

With the “end of support” date coming soon, we would like not to ship Foreman 2.1 on ARM. If this affects you or your deployment, or if you’d like to help with continuing to support ARM offerings, please get in touch.