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From: Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@×××.net>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Re: About current ppc/ppc64 status
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:28:55
Message-Id: pan$63cfb$90161731$b7d7e592$
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Re: About current ppc/ppc64 status by "Raúl Porcel"
1 Raúl Porcel posted on Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:52:21 +0200 as excerpted:
3 > But almost all arches except amd64/x86/arm are getting less and less
4 > popular:
5 >
6 > alpha: no new hardware in more than 8+ years
7 > hppa: being phased out IIRC, and no new workstations
8 > (ie, graphics/sound) in 5+ years
9 > ia64: no new workstations in 10 years, new servers are expensive
10 > ppc*: new workstations are expensive
11 > sparc: no new workstations in 7+ years, new servers expensive
12 >
13 > One of the reasons they are being killed, IMHO, its that the power
14 > consumption isn't worth, and an amd64 machine is pretty much more
15 > powerful, has more cores, and cheaper and has a lot less power
16 > consumption.
18 While to nowhere near the same degree, I'd suggest x86 (32-bit) is
19 getting less popular now too, at least for gentoo with our focus on end-
20 user software building. It'll certainly be awhile before it's in the
21 minor-arch camp, but amd64 definitely has the mainline focus now and if
22 x86 installs are keeping up with retirements I'd be very surprised.
24 Amd64 is probably maintaining but I doubt it's increasing much.
26 In terms of usage, tho for different reasons I guess arm is about where
27 amd64 was when I switched to it in 2003, and to gentoo a few months later
28 in early 2004 -- in gentoo they could be challenging x86 for #2 in a few
29 years tho I'm not ready to predict they'll challenge amd64 any time soon.
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33 "Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
34 and if you use the program, he is your master." Richard Stallman