Xubuntu on PowerPC (ports)

Jim Campbell jwcampbell at ubuntu.com
Thu Jul 10 17:37:25 UTC 2008

Hi all,

I wanted to inquire about the state and plans of the PowerPC build of
Xubuntu (and PowerPC for other Ubuntu flavors).  We've been getting a daily
error on the Xubuntu PPC Intrepid builds for some time [1], and I haven't
heard any talk on the matter recently, so I wanted to check with the group.

>From my perspective, there are a couple of factors involved.  Of course,
Macs aren't currently being shipped with PowerPC processors, so anyone
trying to run X/K/Ubuntu on a Mac is going to be running older hardware.
The flip-side of that is those running older hardware would be most likely
to want to run Xubuntu (vs. Ubuntu or Kubuntu).  Do we have anyone who is
working to maintain this port for Xubuntu?  I don't think that we do.

I'm a bit naive on this matter - there may be a team that's working on this
- I know that there's an ubuntu-powerpc IRC channel.  Of course, the issue
may also just be something on the Ubuntu server end that is preventing the
builds from being generated correctly, making this a moot point.  Does
anyone have any thoughts or insights on this?


[1] date  Jul 10, 2008 12:18 PM
 subject  CD image xubuntu/intrepid/ports_daily failed to build on
 mailed-by  antimony.canonical.com

===== Syncing Xubuntu mirror =====
Thu Jul 10 18:13:01 BST 2008
===== Building britney =====
Thu Jul 10 18:18:52 BST 2008
make: Entering directory `/srv/cdimage.ubuntu.com/britney/update_out'
make: Nothing to be done for `all'.
make: Leaving directory `/srv/cdimage.ubuntu.com/britney/update_out'
===== Extracting debootstrap scripts =====
Thu Jul 10 18:18:52 BST 2008
zcat: /srv/
No such file or directory
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