[coreboot] [RFC] Drop PowerPC port
stepan at coresystems.de
Sun Sep 13 22:45:25 CEST 2009
Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> On 10.09.2009 09:12, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
>> in the progress of restructuring coreboot to work with CBFS, Kconfig and
>> other new features, we basically broke the PowerPC boards. Since none of
>> us has any of the supported hardware available for testing, and there is
>> no real reason to use coreboot on PowerPC processors (there are fine
>> bootloaders, like u-boot), we have been discussing to drop the PowerPC
>> port completely if nobody is willing to step up and revive it.
> I remember some people talking about MIPS64 support for coreboot, and
> having _working_ PowerPC support in coreboot might help us to keep the
> general coreboot design mostly architecture-independent.
Unfortunately, those people never even showed up on the mailing list to
ask questions, so I doubt it's ever going to happen.
> However, since
> PowerPC support is essentially untestable without supported hardware, we
> don't even know if it is (or was) broken and thus it serves no purpose
> except holding development back.
It compiles, but it basically can not work as it is now, sadly.
> Drop it unless someone has the hardware and the skills to at least keep
> PowerPC support working with some help from others. In case someone
> magically appears, we can still dig up the old code from svn.
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