Linked by John Mills on Tue 13th Feb 2007 21:49 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu Technical Board has made two technical decisions of which we would like to inform the Ubuntu community. Both of these decisions concern the upcoming 7.04 release of Ubuntu, scheduled for mid-April." Ubuntu 7.04 will not activate binary video drivers by default, essentially meaning nothing will change from the previous releases. The second change is a major blow to the PowerPC architecture and thus owners of Apple PPC hardware: "The PowerPC edition of Ubuntu will be reclassified as unofficial. The PowerPC software itself and supporting infrastructure will continue to be available, and supported by a community team." Translation: Ubuntu PPC can shake hands with the dodo.
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RE[2]: Sad but not unexpected
by spikeb on Wed 14th Feb 2007 01:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Sad but not unexpected"
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dapper has support for PPC for another two years, and debian isn't going to drop PPC support until you pry it from their cold, dead hands.

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RE[3]: Sad but not unexpected
by uteck on Wed 14th Feb 2007 15:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad but not unexpected"
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Actually, Debian will drop it soon or at least move it to second-class citizen status. They adopted a policy for Etch of only supporting hardware that is commercially available, so there may not be an official release for PPC after Etch.

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RE[4]: Sad but not unexpected
by ralph on Wed 14th Feb 2007 15:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad but not unexpected"
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Well, ppc is commercially available (Ibm servers, Pegasos, many embedded devices, xbox360, ps3) so I don't see a problem here.

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RE[4]: Sad but not unexpected
by Syntaxis on Wed 14th Feb 2007 19:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad but not unexpected"
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That's not true. See the Debian Release Manager's clarification at - the requirement to which you refer actually means "must be able to replace machines that fail". That's not very onerous to satisfy - heck, even the m68k architecture meets that particular criterion.

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The sarcasm was really more directed at Apple dropping support for PPC than Ubuntu.

So I guess Canonical is leaving the PPC ports to the community then? Probably not that much of a bad thing.

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