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Re: Debian PowerPC and PowerPC Notebook.

Hello Len,

I am checking with the others before answering you questions.

But I remember one of the reasons is that we were worried that powerpc would be eventually dropped in favor of ppc64 and ppc64el...


De : Lennart Sorensen <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
À : Linux User #330250 <linuxuser330250@gmx.net>
Cc : debian-powerpc <debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org>
Envoyé le : Vendredi 4 décembre 2015 21h17
Objet : Re: Debian PowerPC and PowerPC Notebook.

On Fri, Dec 04, 2015 at 08:31:39PM +0100, Linux User #330250 wrote:
> Running 32-bit vs. 64-bit on powerpc makes me wonder… Is there a
> multilib version of Debian powerpc?

Well there are packages like lib64readline5 and libc6-ppc64 which
provide 64 bit libraries as part of 32bit debian powerpc.  And of course
64bit kernels are provided too.

> I've been running Gentoo and Debian on my Power Mac G4 and G5. To  me,
> the problem seemed to be that I could not run selected programs 64-bit
> (as suggested), because that would have meant to go for something
> similar to x86+amd64 multilib on powerpc/ppc64 – something a regular
> user is certainly unable to pull out of the hat.

Well some of it is there.  Of course with jessie, using multiarch and
installing selected packages from ppc64 onto a powerpc system should
work fine (except with binNMUs screw up a package from being multiarch

> Even chrooting into a 64-bit (or 32-bit) environment is a huge task for
> a regular user. (I compiled my own kernels and tried chroot, but in the
> end running pure ppc64 or pure ppc on Gentoo was the painless way of
> doing things, naturally except for the kernel.)
> I still have my Power Macs.
> Going multilib would be great on powerpc!
> As would be out-of-the-box x86 emulation for binary-only programs.
> (qemu-user)

Len Sorensen

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