[RFC] Drop Non-smp PowerPC Kernel Flavor

Micah Gersten micahg at ubuntu.com
Wed Mar 14 16:59:31 UTC 2012

On 03/14/2012 11:52 AM, Leann Ogasawara wrote:
> Hi All,
> The Ubuntu Kernel Team has been evaluating some of the current
> maintenance burdens for the upcoming Precise Pangolin 12.04 LTS release.
> One area which would reduce the maintenance costs would be to drop the
> non-smp PowerPC kernel flavor.  There are currently three PowerPC
> flavors:
>  * non-smp (linux-image-powerpc)
>  * smp (linux-image-powerpc-smp)
>  * smp-64 (linux-image-powerpc64-smp)
> Even though PowerPC is a community maintained port [1], the PowerPC
> kernels are still generated along side the officially supported distro
> kernels.  Taking that into consideration, every PowerPC flavor takes
> ~2hrs to build, ie. ~6hrs for all three flavors.  Given the number of
> official builds and test builds that are performed over the life of the
> LTS, this equates to a significant amount of time.
> We would thus like to propose dropping the non-smp PowerPC kernel
> flavor.  Doing so would also require the installer to be updated, hence
> CC'ing Colin Watson.  We'd like to drop this as soon as possible, in
> time for Beta-2 would be ideal.
> Thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Leann Ogasawara
> [1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2007-February/000098.html
What's the impact on supported PowerPC hardware?


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