[RFC] Drop Non-smp PowerPC Kernel Flavor

Patrick Kevin McCaffrey pkm at uwm.edu
Thu Mar 15 22:06:28 UTC 2012

The only Apple PowerPC machines that can use the 64-bit image are the G5's (but I believe they could also use the standard SMP one).

Honestly, I don't think we can really drop any of the kernels.  Any dual processor machine is going to use the SMP kernel (and there's a lot of dual processor G4's out there...), and any single processor machine needs the non-smp kernel, right?  So, wouldn't dropping any of them mean dropping support one of following:  single processor machines, SMP support, or 64-bit support.

I guess if you HAD to get rid of one, I'd argue for the 64 bit one.  As I stated, only the G5's can use the 64 bit kernel...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Leann Ogasawara" <leann.ogasawara at canonical.com>
To: "Colin Watson" <cjwatson at ubuntu.com>
Cc: "kernel-team" <kernel-team at lists.ubuntu.com>, lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com, "ubuntu-devel" <ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:01:59 PM
Subject: Re: [RFC] Drop Non-smp PowerPC Kernel Flavor

On Wed, 2012-03-14 at 17:00 +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 09:52:01AM -0700, Leann Ogasawara wrote:
> > 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:
> Making the associated installer changes shouldn't be a big deal, but I
> suggest you ask the Xubuntu and Lubuntu communities about this since a
> good proportion of powerpc users are there.

Adding lubuntu-users and Julien Lavergne to the discussion to get their
feedback regarding the impact on Lubuntu users.

As Micah noted, Xubuntu stopped producing PowerPC images due to a lack
of testers.

> >  * non-smp (linux-image-powerpc)
> >  * smp (linux-image-powerpc-smp)
> >  * smp-64 (linux-image-powerpc64-smp)
> It's not clear to me whether it would make more sense to drop -powerpc
> or -powerpc-smp.  My memory is that -powerpc-smp was significantly less
> used and would be a better candidate for removal.  Do you have notes on
> which hardware is covered by -powerpc-smp that can't use -powerpc64-smp?
> -- 
> Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]

Lubuntu-users mailing list
Lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
Modify settings or unsubscribe at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/lubuntu-users

More information about the ubuntu-devel mailing list