[CentOS] Troubles for an non-IT beginner

Wed Jan 19 08:30:27 UTC 2011
Timo Schoeler <timo.schoeler at riscworks.net>

thus John R Pierce spake:
> On 01/18/11 10:51 PM, Geoff Galitz wrote:
>>> Wrong on the demise of the Sparc.     Oracle just posted a massively
>>> record breaking TPC-C benchmark using their new Sparc T3 servers,
>>> something like 30 MILLION TPM.
>> Oracle has very publically committed to keeping SPARC strong, which is good
>> news for those of us believe in diversity in the compute-verse.  Even so,
>> SPARC is also supported by Fujitsu, so as they... "[SPARC's] demise has been
>> greatly exaggerated."
>>> There's also Power aka PPC, formerly used in Apple Macintosh computers,
>>> and still used on large scale IBM AIX Unix servers, the Power series.
>>> These also are very high performance.
>> Just a minor nit here, POWER is not the same thing as PPC.  PPC branched
>> from POWER with strong influences from other vendors and technologies.  PPC
>> has since evolved into a mostly embedded platform, though later POWER
>> releases are (mostly) compatible with PPC.
> the Power6 and Power7 have the altvec and most of the rest of the PPC 
> extensions.   when you compile for the power, if you are using gcc, you 
> generally specify ppc as the architecture.  With IBM's XLC, of course, 
> you specify Power 4 or 5 or 6 or 7.  Power 5 and later have extensive 
> virtualization support native in the hardware, enabling LPAR 
> partitioning of servers.
> of course, this has nothing to do with centos, as far as I know, RH gave 
> up supporting Power,

No, they didn't. RHEL6 is available for IBM Power:


> and Sooshay was the official IBM distribution.   
> with Novell imploding, I'm not sure what happened with Suse.