Support for ancient machines and operating systems

Nicklas Larsson n_larsson at
Mon Jan 8 15:44:47 UTC 2024

Hi all!

I’m seriously curious: does anyone still today use a PPC machine today as (1) main/only workstation with (2) necessary use of latest software and (3) without using it as hobby project?

Best regards,

> On 8 Jan 2024, at 15:50, Perry E. Metzger <perry at> wrote:
> 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 systems.
> 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.
> Perry

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