[CentOS] CentOS PPC architecture support

Stewart Williams lists at pinkyboots.co.uk
Mon Dec 15 18:34:17 UTC 2008


Karanbir Singh wrote:
> Stewart Williams wrote:
>> I have a system with a PowerPC cpu which I'd like to run CentOS on in a
>> production environment (albeit for a home personal server.)
>>
>> Does anyone know if the CentOS team are actually going to support PPC?
> 
> yes
> 
>> I have found a page which states release 4 is in beta[1]. But little else.
>> Is there lack of demand for support for this aging arch?
> 
> somewhat. About the same level of demand there is for CentOS s390
> 
>> Is there a lack of volunteers?
>>
>> I'd be willing to test the releases and bug report, or help out in
>> anyway I can.
> 
> sounds good. What kind of a machine do you have ?

It's a Mac Mini G4 currently running Fedora.

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo

processor       : 0
cpu             : 7447A, altivec supported
clock           : 1333.333328MHz
revision        : 0.5 (pvr 8003 0105)
bogomips        : 82.94
timebase        : 41600571
platform        : PowerMac
model           : PowerMac10,2
machine         : PowerMac10,2
motherboard     : PowerMac10,2 MacRISC3 Power Macintosh
detected as     : 287 (Unknown Intrepid-based)
pmac flags      : 00000000
L2 cache        : 512K unified
pmac-generation : NewWorld

AFAIK this is a 32-bit CPU.

> 
>> Fedora has good support, however, I don't really want to update the
>> system often.
>>
>> [1] http://www.centos.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=65
> 
> You should be clear that there is no real 'ppc' support in EL at all, 
> they only support a ppc64 based cpu. However, ppc support is something 
> that I plan on getting into CentOS. Timeline ? perhaps in sync with 5.3

Ah. I did not realise that. I assumed they supported both.

As I said, I'd be glad to help in anyway I can. s390 is something I've 
always mean't to get into too, running under hercules; but never got 
round to it yet.


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