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Ubuntu Linux axes support for PowerPC

updated 11:30 am EST, Thu February 15, 2007

Ubuntu axes PPC support

The Ubuntu Technical Board has reclassified the PowerPC edition of Ubuntu Linux as unofficial, but said the PowerPC software itself and supporting infrastructure will continue to be available and supported by a community team. The demotion of Ubuntu's PowerPC edition signals the end of official support for the operating system edition, leaving further progress and support in the hands of the community. OSnews reports that the major blow to the PowerPC architecture translates to "Ubuntu PPC can shake hands with the dodo." Apple utilized the PowerPC architecture in its legacy Macs prior to the company's transition to Intel chips in 2006, making systems as recent as its G5 Macs officially unsupported by Ubuntu. PowerPC Ubuntu Linux users faced with unofficial support can turn to Yellow Dog Linux as an alternative, which still offers official support for its Linux distribution alongside 64-bit support.




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  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    kind of ironic

    Linux remains a good way to squeeze every last bit of horsepower out of aging machines, as "mainstream" OS releases tend to create a premature ceiling as a result of increasing UI overhead.

    Kill off Ubuntu PPC eliminates this option for old Macs. Of course, I would suspect the folks who are running Linux on PPC Macs are likely capable of maintaining the PPC release as a community effort... assuming they are so inclined.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Major blow to PPC???

    Helloooo… Playstation and Xbox

  1. tony_se1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: kind of ironic

    "Kill off Ubuntu PPC eliminates this option for old Macs. Of course, I would suspect the folks who are running Linux on PPC Macs are likely capable of maintaining the PPC release as a community effort... assuming they are so inclined."

    There are many more distributions that actively offer support for the Power PC architecture. And Linux is only a kernel, not an O/S. GNU/Linux however is.

  1. Kon-El

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yellow Dog Linux

    Yellow Dog Linux is better on Macs anyway from my experience. After Ubuntu 6.06 I tried out YDL 4.1 and never looked back. Yellow Dog Linux 5 is out for the PlayStation 3 already and v.5 will be out for Power PC Macs at the end of February.

    The link for Yellow Dog Linux in this article should go to http://TerraSoftSolutions.com or http://YellowDogLinux.com though IMO.

  1. Kon-El

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Make Old Macs Powerful

    Yellow Dog Linux keeps a 3400c PowerBook of mine running and more powerful than it ever was running Mac OS 8 and 9.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    blast.

    Nothing so far beats an Ubuntu live cd for convincing the uninitiated. I'll have to put an iso in a lock box...

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ubuntu powerpc

    You can still get and run ubuntu on powerpc. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCFAQ

    There is no official support, but the support in the forums is very good. http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=133

    Downloads for Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) are at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/feisty/release/

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    unsupported?

    AFAIK, the PPC release of 6.06 is still officially supported, since it was a LTS release. There will not, however, be any official support for new releases of Ubuntu on the PPC architecture.

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