Re: [RFC] Consequences for official CD/DVD images for Lenny
On Dec 29, 2008, at 4:43 PM, Frans Pop wrote:
Powerpc is very definitely losing its user base (just compare the
of macbooks (ppc based!) you see now at conferences with what you
or 4 years ago.
Actually, "MacBook" is the name for the Intel-based Apple laptops.
The PowerPC based laptops were called "iBook" (and some other things,
but generically they were all "iBook"s).
I only go to one conference a year ("LISA" -- Large Installation
Systems Administration, run by USENIX) but the number of Apple based
laptops I see in use by the gathered SysAdmins doesn't change much
Nevertheless, quibbles aside, when Apple dropped the PowerPC, it was
a big blow to the availability of relatively inexpensive consumer-
grade PowerPC hardware. And this will result, over time, in a drop
in demand for the ppc Debian port.
Time marches on.
I'm only a user and a tester, so I don't get to vote, but I'd go for
the increased utility of dropping ppc from the multi-arch/multi-
desktop DVD-1. In exchange, I'd like to see a PPC-only DVD-1 with
the same functionality.
But then, I've got good Internet connectivity, so I can afford to
download two separate DVD images if I need to. I can also afford to
install from a Businesscard image and get what I need from a nearby
mirror. So maybe you should be taking to somebody in India or Uganda
Anybody out there with limited Internet bandwidth want to comment?
My two cents,