When are Qemu SPARC/PPC coming back?

Nathaniel McCallum nathaniel at natemccallum.com
Wed Sep 14 23:29:09 UTC 2011

The context for this question can be found here:

So the summary is that openbios needs to be compiled on PPC/SPARC and
then imported to the rest of the repos as noarch. Spot spoke with Josh
Boyer who noted that PPC was prep-only (no longer true) and concluded
based upon this two person conversation that PPC should be dropped
since it wasn't useful for Fedora purposes (mainly the PPC port). No
conversation was had about SPARC (which had the same problem) and it
was dropped as well. In short, the bug didn't get very wide attention
and support was dropped for two features in order to push the Beta
release. All of this I'm actually fine with.

What I'm not fine with is that there seems to be no desire to bring
these packages back. I spoke with several Red Hat virt people and the
consensus was that SPARC/PPC "don't work." I beg to differ. I am
building asm software on them right now. They are an invaluable
software testing platform, even with their relative age.

So in short, can we please bring back SPARC/PPC? I realize that we'll
need a bit of build system magickery, but I really think its worth it.
Its the last thing holding me from migrating my buildbot cluster to
Fedora from Debian (who ships PPC/SPARC just fine).


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