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Void Linux for PowerPC/Power ISA (unofficial)

Void Linux ppc is a staging fork of the Void Linux distribution intended for the PowerPC/Power architecture. It supports 64-bit and 32-bit hardware, with 64-bit supporting both little and big endian modes, while aiming to be legacy-free, using the ELFv2 ABI for both. It supports both glibc and musl.

We have an explicit goal of upstreaming as many changes as possible - the project therefore retains a fairly small number of patches, most changes are merged into Void itself or upstream software projects as soon as they're ready.

Please see the documentation for up-to-date status information, installation instructions, FAQ and other resources.

Hardware support

Most distributions now support only 64-bit little endian hardware. Void-ppc aims to change this and work on a wide variety of hardware.

The little endian builds require POWER8 or newer, but the big endian flavors start with 970/G5 (64-bit, AltiVec is required), while the 32-bit builds are completely generic.

C library support

Just like Void itself, both glibc and musl are supported, resulting in 6 different flavors of the system.

As an oddity, Void-ppc uses the modern ELFv2 ABI on both little endian and big endian 64-bit builds. This is a requirement with the musl libc, but there is currently no other distribution using ELFv2 for glibc as well.

Package support

Void-ppc has a goal of as complete repository coverage as possible for all targets, not leaving anything behind.

While this is currently WiP (but 64-bit LE is nearing completeness), the ultimate goal is first class support. For instance, we are the only distro to ship a working Qt5 WebEngine (Chromium based) component.

September 19, 2019

New website

The basic old site was far from ideal, so here’s a new one based on the official website.

It’s powered by Jekyll and runs on the GitHub Sites infra.

Nothing much else to say for now; new documentation is also being worked on, and will feature a FAQ and all sorts of other info, replacing the one in the GitHub repo.

And don’t forget to join us on IRC, #voidlinux-ppc on freenode.