[GTALUG] Linux on ppc64 (G5) - distro support
lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Dec 6 10:54:59 EST 2018
On Thu, Dec 06, 2018 at 10:33:11AM -0500, Stewart Russell via talk wrote:
> Hey - so I picked up a couple of very pretty but backbreakingly-heavy Apple
> G5s - one dual-core, the other dual-processor single core. I know these are
> old machines (2005) and vastly inefficient compared to modern machines:
> there are faster ARM SBCs. G5s make amazing room heaters when they are
> Distro support seems to have completely dropped away for these machines.
> ppc64el is alive and well on IBM servers, but PowerMacs are big-endian.
> Anyone using ppc64 here? What distro would you recommend? Debian used to
> have ppc64 support, but its last release is in LTS with no future releases
Debian had powerpc (32 bit user space but had 64 bit kernels). ppc64 (64
bit user space) has never been released as far as I remember.
Debian still has it on ports.debian.org though and there are still people
working on maintaining it. Both powerpc and ppc64 are on ports.debian.org.
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