RFC: Drop PPC support

Frank Schima mf2k at macports.org
Wed Oct 1 11:05:39 PDT 2014

On Oct 1, 2014, at 12:01 PM, Daniel J. Luke <dluke at geeklair.net> wrote:

> On Oct 1, 2014, at 1:58 PM, Sean Farley <sean at macports.org> wrote:
>> As discussed in the MPI thread, PPC is very old and is causing quite the
>> development burden. I would be in favor of discussing how much effort we
>> really want to spend supporting them (similar to supporting libstdc++ on
>> Mavericks).
>> We could tag some known version of the MacPorts svn tree for PPC users
>> and be done with it. This would allow us to concentrate on other issues.
>> We could also talk about how far of an OS back do we really want to
>> support. Tiger and Leopard are decrepit. We don't even have buildbots
>> for PPC nor OSes below Lion.
>> Should we finally drop some of this older stuff?
>> Comments welcomed.
> Historically we officially support the current and previous Mac OS X release (while not doing anything to on-purpose break older releases / being willing to accept patches to make things work on older releases).
> I think that's a reasonable policy.
> We have made some effort to support PPC machines for a while longer than that, which was nice, but we probably shouldn't be doing anymore.
> I don't think we should provide installers/builds for anything other than the supported Mac OS X releases - and I also think we should make sure we're only supporting OS releases that are currently getting security updates from upstream…


It’s long overdue that we drop support for legacy (not supported by Apple) systems. 


More information about the macports-dev mailing list