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Re: [PATCH 1/2] powerpc-ieee1275: load grub at 8MB, not 2MB

From: Robbie Harwood
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] powerpc-ieee1275: load grub at 8MB, not 2MB
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 11:37:33 -0500

"Vladimir 'phcoder' Serbinenko" <> writes:

> Was it tested on powerpc-based Macs? They're still useful for
> debugging and developpement despite their age

Per Daniel's message:

    The tests with powerpc32 using the OpenBIOS OF implementation seem
    to still work. I have no 32-bit Apple hardware to test on.

But generally, I don't think this is a reasonable requirement.

Not only are powerpc macs very old at this point (discontinued 2006 - 15
years ago), but there also aren't really distros that supports them
(Debian dropped them in 8, Fedora around 12, Suse in it looks like 7).
Sure, Gentoo might work - but these are by no means fast machines.

To be constructive: I submit that if users/developers want to test on
these machines that they have and use, we should incorporate their
feedback where reasonable.  But let's not hold back patches over
hypothetical concerns for a dead architecture. [1]

Be well,

1: I love these machines.  I grew up with them.  But they're solidly
   retro now.  And many of them have design failures that cause them to
   self-destruct, which makes them particularly difficult retro to

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