[colug-432] PowerPC hardware recommendations

Dan Kaiser dank2878 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 14:43:45 EDT 2015

My only experience with PPC has been old Macs as well.  (In fact I'm still
running a local ownCloud server for all my data backup on a G4 Mac Mini.)

I had two G5 Power Macs. The ones with dual processors are 64 bit.
Obviously not in production any longer, but they are still frequently
available on Craigslist or eBay.  I had early, single core versions but
they could hold 16 GB ram.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, they have some horsepower.
 (And look pretty too.)


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a
habit." - Aristotle

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 2:27 PM, Rick Troth <rmt at casita.net> wrote:

> I have an iMac that I got from a friend.
> Put Ubuntu on it and then 'chroot' the home-brew stuff. Works.
> Interestingly, the guys at the office had a need for some PPC Linux
> stuff. I was able to crank out POC and verification. But now ... maybe
> do more? But if we do more, "they" will want to do it on a company-owned
> machine. Duh. I get it. (And I don't really want the liability.)
> Anyway ... what kind of machine would y'all recommend? It's not needed
> for production work. It's not even a primary architecture. (Does need to
> be 64-bit, so has to be a fairly recent box.)
> Thanks.
> -- R; <><
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