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Re: Altivec in baseline for ppc64?

> On 13. Jul 2021, at 21:05, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz <glaubitz@physik.fu-berlin.de> wrote:
> Hi Sébastien!
>> On 7/13/21 1:55 PM, Sébastien Villemot wrote:
>> The wiki page that synthesizes architecture specificities indicates
>> that Altivec is included in the baseline for the ppc64 port:
>> https://wiki.debian.org/ArchitectureSpecificsMemo#ppc64
>> However my understanding is that this port supports any powerpc64 CPU,
>> including some that don’t have Altivec (e.g. POWER4 or POWER5). This is
>> also what the main wiki page for PPC64 says:
>> https://wiki.debian.org/PPC64
>> Can someone please clarify the situation?
> The ppc64 originally used the ppc64 baseline including AltiVec e.g PowerPC970,
> (64-Bit PowerMac). However, the previous port maintainer decided he wanted to
> support embedded systems such as the PowerPC E5500 which does not support
> AltiVec.

This was the right decision. Some users use Debian PPC64 on their AmigaOne X5000 machines and these machines don’t have AltiVec.

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