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.