"At the end of December the Debian release team published the
first details that indicate out of which architectures the next
version of the free Linux distribution will be composed. As early
as September discussions had become known in which in the interest
of shortening the program development time of new releases the
developers had thought aloud about reducing the number of
officially supported architectures. At the time the talk was of
perhaps four architectures only.
"Then on the developers' mailing list Steve Langasek at the end
of December published the results of the two-month 'requalification
period' the release team had set in September..."