Support for ancient machines and operating systems

Perry E. Metzger perry at
Mon Jan 8 14:50:50 UTC 2024

There's been a bit of tension recently because of a group of people who 
are very interested in keeping MacPorts working on PowerPC hardware, 
none of which has been made for the last 18 years or so.

I'd like to float the idea that we create a fork of the MacPorts 
repository that is devoted to operating systems and hardware that is 
more than (say) a decade old, and that we allow the people who are 
interested in maintaining that software to freely work on it. It doesn't 
hurt the rest of us after all, and it absolves us of the need to keep 
the main MacPorts repository complicated by patches to support very old 

This way, people interested in old systems can keep them running, and 
their work doesn't take up time for the rest of us and vice versa.


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