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Ubuntu 7.04 without PowerPC support

Alt1040Más información04 which will be released if it is not delayed or something unpredictable happens by the beginning of April 7th of this year (hence its version number) will not officially support the PPC architecture , leaving aside many and many Macs that use this type of processor, without going further I have not one or two but 3 PPC Macs (one G3 and two G4) that will not have official support of the gentlemen of Canonical, responsible for the distro, from now on. Nevertheless all is not lost, the development community for PowerPC will continue ahead and will continue maintaining at its own risk the version of the distro for this architecture. I know people who have PowerMacs G3 and G4 with Linux and they are doing very well, so if you use Macs, for the moment you don’t have to worry too much that the project will not die suddenly .

On the other hand, what seems more than significant to me is that one of the most established distros has decided to abandon the PPC platform because it is obsolete, focusing on IntelAMD platforms. If everything continues like this , what will happen to us PPC Mac users if more people join the cart and start making new software that is not compatible with our Macs? Adobe has already made the decision to release SoundBooth only in Intel version, so what will be next? will we run out of Macromedia Suite for PPC? MS Office only for MacIntel? We will see. The logic says that the abandonment of the platform will be gradual and without hurry, but without pause, it’s a law of life that the G3, G4 and G5 are dying because of obsolescence but if the big software manufacturers are already giving up the architecture, how long will it take Apple to do the same?

Ubuntu 7.04 without PowerPC support
Ubuntu 7.04 without PowerPC support

From Apple’s point of view, I think they are not interested in making a drastic change, so let’s hope they continue to support us much longer. First of all, with the new Leopard, Apple has already lost support for the G3 generation (correct me if I’m wrong but I think it’s not contemplated that Mac OS X 10. 5 will run on a G3, so at least one of my Macs falls from the list), but it still guarantees the operation on G4’s and of course G5’s although we will see if the performance is the expected one, but surely it won’t disappoint us since there are even some people who say it will gain efficiency with respect to Tiger, I hope it’s true, however, if you like to be the latest in operating systems, I would be thinking of renewing PPC Macs for MacIntels, not that we are going to the Apple Store right now to buy a new Mac or anything else, but it will be convenient to sharpen the VISA for a while.

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