Debian dropped support for my PowerPC CPU.

For this reason my security updates are now no longer granted and I am clearly not happy about that.

Is there any distro out there that supports PowerPC and provides an automatic compilation of updates on my PC?

In my hopes I can get a distro that in the moment I run something like apt upgrade downloads the packages from source, compiles locally and install.

Is there such a thing?

  • Have you checked Distrowatch? distrowatch.com/… – rkhff Sep 27 '19 at 10:37
  • Does it have to be Linux? – Kusalananda Sep 27 '19 at 10:50
  • I would prefer Linux because I am used to it but I am also opened to other alternatives – Pitto Sep 27 '19 at 10:51
  • Yes I checked distro watch and Google and I was not convinced. This is why I came to search for experts / powerpc users. – Pitto Sep 27 '19 at 10:51
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    @Jesse_b the wiki lists most popular distributions, but it also mentions when they dropped support for 32-bit PowerPC; AFAICT, the only distribution which still supports the G4 is Gentoo. – Stephen Kitt Sep 28 '19 at 15:33

I get the impression the only “big” distribution with current support for 32-bit PowerPC is Gentoo. This is a source-based distribution, which matches your criteria.

You can still get Debian packages from the powerpc port, but it’s no longer a released distribution — which effectively means you need to track testing or unstable.



have been using this distro for a long time now

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    Are you sure? The last version to support the G4 was 11.1, released over ten years ago. – Stephen Kitt Sep 28 '19 at 15:30

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