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[opensuse-factory] No More Official PPC Distro
  • From: Larry Stotler <larrystotler@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 08:30:28 -0500
  • Message-id: <9bb996600911250530i6e491a4eo1d7ba9cd6e8ece04@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Just got this answer from a bugzilla
posting(https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=557580) from
Michael Loeffler about why there wasn't a PPC version of 11.2:

"we (Novell/SUSE employees) won't provide a ppc distribution anymore. The effort
for such a code stream is not justified by 0.3% out of all installations (see
Distribution of architecture at http://en.opensuse.org/Statistics).
Nevertheless we will support anyone who'd like to take over the task to build
an openSUSE ppc distribution."

So, what's the interest in trying to keep the PowerPC port alive?
With such a small user base, I agree it doesn't make sense for them to
continue to do it(although I was under the impression that the POWER
port of SLEx was based on openSUSE so I'm not sure what the status of
that is going to be either).

I have several viable Powermacs that can run openSUSE. Peter Czanik
uses it on a Pegasos PPC machine.

So, what's the interest? I'm not sure how much help I can be other
than testing but I'd like to find out who else is using or wanting to
use openSUSE on PPC.

Thanx
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