long-term support for G5s?

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Tue Mar 14 08:41:11 EST 2006

On Mon, 2006-03-13 at 11:49 -0600, Christopher Friesen wrote:
> With Apple switching away from the 970, what are the long-term plans for 
> linux on the G5?

It will be supported for as long as paulus and I have hardware :) If you
are talking about the 970 CPU, it's fully supported by IBM and will
continue to be as we are still developping/selling hardware with that
processor. Besides, linux still works on POWER3's so ... :)

> Are there enough users/developers that we can expect linux to continue 
> to run on it for the reasonable future?

I think so yes.

> We've got a bunch of ppc/ppc64-based products in the field, and the 
> question has come up about what we're going to use as development machines.

I would say current G5 machines still qualify pretty well, at least
until genesi releases their workstation in which case it may become a
better choice. You may want to contact them for infos about possible
release dates.


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