PowerPC / 10.4 / 10.5

Ken Cunningham ken.cunningham.webuse at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 18:54:25 UTC 2020

> I've just recently picked up a few PowerPC Macs and have been looking at
> Tigerbrew, MacPorts, Gentoo Prefix, etc, possibly to help out if I can.
> If there are any active 10.4 / 10.5 PPC users, I'd love to get in touch!

You’re in the right place.

Dunno about Gentoo on PPC — I tried it a few times, my video card was apparently no good, spent three days looking for video card drivers and trying to get them to work on the old version of Unix that was still available. Gave up.

TigerBrew is a nice project from Misty, and some seem to have success with it, but IMHO none of these projects can hold a candle to what MacPorts can offer.

We have been lucky with some very strong compiler support from an interested Apple engineer in the past, and we’re still running with that support. And in addition, several of us have been fixing ports along the way.

There are thousands of ports that build on Tiger and Leopard PPC, and there is interest here in that.



PS. The current biggest single issue with Tiger is that meson insists on using @rpath during builds (but not installs), and this is causing some troubles. I have been working on fixing that, and there are some “hacks” in meson now to make Tiger work better, but if you know python, linkers, and @rpath please feel free to dive in / fix this and we’ll be back in gear for 10 more years. — K

PSS - we are pretty close to clang / llvm working on PPC. I have libc++ and clang-7.0 working on Tiger Intel now. Almost there. — K
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