PowerPC dropped from Debian 9 Supported Architecture List

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Well folks, looks like our Gx PPC machines will be Unsupported sometime in the early 2020's.

They had a good run.

https://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2016/10/msg00633.html

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Re: PowerPC dropped from Debian 9 Supported Architecture List

PowerPC Macs are only unsupported by this particular distro of Linux. I've installed older Linux on PowerPC Macs and it's okay, but I ended up going back to last supported versions of Mac OS X. By the early 2020's who knows what we'll be running. I think there is room for a mix of retro and new. Seeing that Apple is focused more on the iPhone than Macs, many are sadly looking to Linux running on albeit cheaper laptops.

http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2016/10/29/2240

Since the GNU software is open source, I am able to successfully compile modern software on my PowerPC Macs. For instance, I can still run Firefox and JavaScript. On the hardware side, my Intel MacBooks have all failed, but my older PowerPC Macs keep on running. I don't know if they'll still be running in 2020, but who knows.

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Re: PowerPC dropped from Debian 9 Supported Architecture List

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