Can we deliver a PowerPC build for CentOS-7

Hi everyone,

The powerpc platform has always been interesting, but hard to get and while we’ve had some levels of interest in the past, either I struggled to find the hardware to bootstrap the builds, or we were unable to get enough communication going to bring the community of contributors together to kick things off. Now as we work through the mechnics of building and delivering CentOS-7 on x86, we again have the opportunity to try and see if there is a willing, contributor community that can come form up a PPC SIG in CentOS.

We do have some resources ( compute + network + mirror ) to make the backend side of things happen, and the folks at have offered us some capacity on their community powerpc builder resources to help as well.

Interested to come help ? Join the conversion on the centos-devel mailing list :

– KB

15 thoughts on “Can we deliver a PowerPC build for CentOS-7”

  1. It would be super cool to get CentOS 7 out first. Then talk of ports to things not many people care about.

    1. Mick,
      The way to influence that is to get busy in the interface and help close all the remaining issues off. I am working on things as best as I can, but let that not hold you off from trying to help.

    2. Personally I care quite a lot about a POWER version of CentOS, so if that would happen it’d make me very happy. I’m running Fedora 20 on my OpenPower 720 atm, and it’s working OK I guess, but I’d rather run the same distro all over my production environment.

    1. Initially, we are going to be working on BE, but we hope to have little endian support fairly quickly.

    2. hi all, i have ibm power 720 server, does it mean that if I’m going to download the CentOS 7 x86_64 is not compatible or won’t run on my server?

  2. got a few powerbooks recently only waiting to slap centos on them now…..always been my fav… a release certain anytime soon?…i’d be so happy

    1. powerbooks ? ok, i am not sure if we will have support going back that far. You might need to atleast build the kernel and some of the other bits for ppc suppor directly ( this is the ppc 32bit stuff ).

    1. unfortunately the powerpc builds we are doing only work on Power7 and Power8 – there will be some work that needs doing before we can do a G4 ot G5 build ( i would like to see it though, I too have a g5 and some older G4 mac’s around that are sitting around doing nothing ).


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