|Okay, I realize your post was pure flamebait, but…
First of all, Debian ARM has a whole lot more than twelve users. Debian ARM is the basis for Familiar, which is the distribution of choice for handhelds such as the iPaq and Zaurus. ARM CPUs are still manufactured and die-shrunk like i386 and PPC. Maybe you should be on your soapbox about the truly-obsolete HPPA or mipsel ports? (After all, how many mipsel-based DECstations are still alive?)
Second, ARM (and mipsel and HPPA) had to meet stringent requirements to be one of the six arches in the Potato release. It continued to meet those requirements to release with Woody, and aside from recent hardware failures in a couple of buildds, has kept up with sarge quite well thank you. GNOME 2 and Enlightenment run very nicely on a 200 MHz Netwinder.
Third, why has AMD64 NOT made the grade in terms of getting into sarge, with the years it has had to do so? The pure64 port has come pretty close, but that was “not good enough”, everybody wanted this extremely complicated mixed 32/64-bit environment to work. And it just didn’t get done in enough time. Sorry.
Quit whining about how much more quickly and easily other less-common arches have come up to speed with installation and package building, and get back to work on making AMD64 work properly. Maybe if you and others like you had done so earlier, your precious arch wouldn’t be in this predicament!