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    Phoronix: Ubuntu Desktop To Drop PowerPC Support

    The Ubuntu desktop images for the IBM PowerPC architecture are set to be eliminated...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQyMzg

  • #2
    Looking at how much powerpc is used outside of servers nowadays I would say its hardly a big loss.

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    • #3
      I used to run ubuntu on a Powerbook G4 and Yellowdog on a iMac before that. But i've not had any powerpc hardware for about 5 years now.

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      • #4
        I'm planning to install Lubuntu on some old G3 iMac that they use at i company I know, so as long as that is available I'm fine with this move. But a little concerning that Unity doesn't build on PPC.

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        • #5
          The idealist in me wants to see PowerPC supported, so you can run Linux on any platform and so there can be alternatives to x86.

          The realist in me understands why they they drop PowerPC support. Too little market share, and no momentum behind it.

          It would be cool if there were other architectures on the desktop that were popular than x86.
          Like ARM, POWER, SPARC, etc. So there could be some diversity...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by uid313 View Post
            The idealist in me wants to see PowerPC supported, so you can run Linux on any platform and so there can be alternatives to x86.

            The realist in me understands why they they drop PowerPC support. Too little market share, and no momentum behind it.

            It would be cool if there were other architectures on the desktop that were popular than x86.
            Like ARM, POWER, SPARC, etc. So there could be some diversity...
            MIPS has some traction in China.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by uid313 View Post
              The idealist in me wants to see PowerPC supported, so you can run Linux on any platform and so there can be alternatives to x86.

              The realist in me understands why they they drop PowerPC support. Too little market share, and no momentum behind it.

              It would be cool if there were other architectures on the desktop that were popular than x86.
              Like ARM, POWER, SPARC, etc. So there could be some diversity...
              ARM is moderately popular. If there were more ARM-based laptops out there, or convertible tablets that aren't overpriced, then I'd have gladly bought a new ARM system lately. I've been using the ODROID-U2 and it's fantastic, but I'd rather it be mobile. I'd have gone with the Samsung Chromebook if it didn't have so many stupid design flaws.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                The idealist in me wants to see PowerPC supported, so you can run Linux on any platform and so there can be alternatives to x86.

                The realist in me understands why they they drop PowerPC support. Too little market share, and no momentum behind it.

                It would be cool if there were other architectures on the desktop that were popular than x86.
                Like ARM, POWER, SPARC, etc. So there could be some diversity...
                No, it wouldn't be very cool. We had that situation back in the 80s and early 90s, with a plethora of computer platforms, all incompatible with each other.

                It would be cool if there were a common open-source CPU architecture that all CPU manufacturers could use without licensing or royalties or patent threats. Every computer could be using the same arch. Also, I'd like to win the lottery and live forever, as long as we're wishing...

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                • #9
                  I have 12.04 on my PowerPC G4 laptop, and it's faster then Mac OSX and more capable. The major problem though is that it requires a lot of effort to get it working. Sound, video, and even being able to play YouTube videos. Back in 10.04 I could use compiz for nice effects for the desktop, but doesn't work in 12.04, even though I did get OpenGL acceleration working... painfully.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                    The idealist in me wants to see PowerPC supported, so you can run Linux on any platform and so there can be alternatives to x86.

                    The realist in me understands why they they drop PowerPC support. Too little market share, and no momentum behind it.

                    It would be cool if there were other architectures on the desktop that were popular than x86.
                    Like ARM, POWER, SPARC, etc. So there could be some diversity...
                    You don't have to use Ubuntu. There are other distro's that will continue to support PPC.

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                    • #11
                      Linux =!= Ubuntu

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                      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                      The idealist in me wants to see PowerPC supported, so you can run Linux on any platform and so there can be alternatives to x86.

                      The realist in me understands why they they drop PowerPC support. Too little market share, and no momentum behind it.

                      It would be cool if there were other architectures on the desktop that were popular than x86.
                      Like ARM, POWER, SPARC, etc. So there could be some diversity...
                      Linux =!= Ubuntu,

                      BTW: It's GNU/Linux, not Linux. Linux is the Kernel. GNU/Linux is the operating system.

                      For great architecture-support, use distributions like Debian or Gentoo. I don't consider Ubuntu a GNU/Linux-distribution anymore, because they don't contribute to upstream.
                      Sadly, most people think that Ubuntu is the only distribution out there. GNU/Linux's reputation on the Desktop is directly bound to Canonical's decisions.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by frign View Post
                        I don't consider Ubuntu a GNU/Linux-distribution anymore, because they don't contribute to upstream.
                        That meme needs to die. For example, look at the pulseaudio 4.0 release notes: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Soft...dio/Notes/4.0/
                        David Henningsson works for Canonical...

                        As for losing official powerpc support, that's not surprising after they dropped non-PAE support. Ubuntu has become a very forward-looking distro.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DanL View Post
                          That meme needs to die. For example, look at the pulseaudio 4.0 release notes: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Soft...dio/Notes/4.0/
                          David Henningsson works for Canonical...

                          As for losing official powerpc support, that's not surprising after they dropped non-PAE support. Ubuntu has become a very forward-looking distro.
                          So? PA needs to die. Just because this guy works for canonical doesnt mean jack shit. PA is still buggy ass broken nonfunctional bloatware. Personally I'm sick and tired of distro's, Fedora and Ubuntu especially, pushing buggy ass nonfunctional bloatware on us and trying there very hardest to convince us that it is the "only" way.

                          Fuck them.

                          EDIT: The biggest reason I can't stand PA is because it is fucking HUGE. It's literally gigantic. The second biggest reason I hate it is that it doesnt work, it's the buggiest software I've ever been -forced- to use. The third reason it urks the shit out of me is that when you look at it's bug tracker the vast majority of bugs get closed without -any- resolution because they blame most of them on Alsa even though Alsa works perfectly without PA.
                          Last edited by duby229; 07-30-2013, 11:45 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Nice!

                            Originally posted by duby229 View Post
                            So? PA needs to die. Just because this guy works for canonical doesnt mean jack shit. PA is still buggy ass broken nonfunctional bloatware. Personally I'm sick and tired of distro's, Fedora and Ubuntu especially, pushing buggy ass nonfunctional bloatware on us and trying there very hardest to convince us that it is the "only" way.

                            Fuck them.
                            +42

                            Well put! I agree totally.

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                            • #15
                              I don't use PA either, but that wasn't the point...

                              So?
                              So Ubuntu contributes to "upstream" projects and people need to stop repeating "Ubuntu doesn't contribute anything upstream" like parrots.

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