Dear developers, Given the recent announcement that the powerpc architecture would be dropped from the upcoming Debian release, there has been a good deal of discussion about the future of this architecture in Ubuntu as well, including a session at last month's Ubuntu Online Summit and several discussions during Technical Board meetings.
Unlike the ppc64el architecture, there is no longer upstream support for the 32-bit, big-endian powerpc architecture; so its continuation in Ubuntu would be dependent on identifying a community of contributors willing to invest in keeping this port in working order, to carry it forward without it negatively impacting Ubuntu development as a whole. We thank the Linux PowerPC community for their support of Ubuntu over the years. However, efforts since UOS to identify participants for such community support going forward have led to the inevitable conclusion that the powerpc port in Ubuntu has reached the end of its useful lifespan. The Technical Board has therefore determined that the powerpc port should not be included in the Ubuntu 17.04 (zesty) release. In support of this, powerpc will be dropped as an architecture in zesty as of Feature Freeze. The powerpc architecture will continue to be supported as part of existing stable releases. Since powerpc is included in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, security updates for existing packages can be expected until April 2021. We believe this should provide users of Ubuntu powerpc adequate time to plan a migration off of this architecture. On behalf of the Technical Board, -- Steve Langasek Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS Debian Developer to set it on, and I can move the world. Ubuntu Developer http://www.debian.org/ slanga...@ubuntu.com vor...@debian.org  https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/10/msg00008.html  http://summit.ubuntu.com/uos-1611/meeting/22714/architecture-discussions/  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/ReleaseSchedule
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