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PowerPC/POWER/Cell Special Interest Group


Latest PPC Fedora release

Latest Fedora release for PPC is currently Fedora 12 and can be found from

We're doing composes of the F-15 packages and create bootable DVD isos. Repositories with the latest packages can be found on our koji hub, the DVD images are currently available in a temporary location. Don't expect to be able to install with these DVD isos yet, we're still in the development/debugging phase and they might or might not work for you. If you want to help out with testing, report any problems with the DVD images on IRC or in bugzilla (make sure to set the architecture to 'powerpc')

Fedora rebuild efforts

There are currently efforts ongoing to recompile all packages and prepare a F-15 release or if we find out that we are too far behind the primary archs to have a F-16 release. This is the current status of the package rebuild: Ppc-statistics.png

Rebuild problems, TODO list

- The most urgent problem at the moment is to get the latest version installable (maybe even with some workarounds for problems) so that the installer and bootloader teams can pick up the work.

- The Haskell Compiler (ghc) is available on PPC64. Jiri Skala works on bumping haskell-platform packages for PPC64.

- yaboot only available on PPC which means we currently need some hacks for 64bit boot images

- Internal compiler error in latest gcc bugzilla #703888

- segemtation fault of alt-ergo.opt during build bugzilla #704236

The PowerPC koji build system

All official Fedora PowerPC packages will be built by the koji build system at the PowerPC koji hub

All non-scratch packages that haven't been deleted by the garbage-collector are available at the package storage, scratch builds can be found for a few days at the scratch repository

Building packages on the PowerPC koji build system

Everyone with a Fedora account can do at least scratch builds of packages on the PowerPC koji build system, package maintainers who can check changes into the git repositories can build updated packages that will later on end up in the distribution.

Doing scratch builds

After running fedora-packager-setup from the fedora-packager rpm

ppc-koji build --scratch dist-f15 yourpkg.src.rpm

These builds will be removed from koji automatically after a while.

'real' builds

'Real' builds will be pulled into the package repositories and into the install images, unless they got replaced by later versions. After running fedora-packager-setup from the fedora-packager rpm

ppc-koji build dist-f15 "$(fedpkg giturl)"


fedpkg build --target=dist-f15
(this works only when you have a symlink from ~/.koji/ppc-config to ~/.koji/config)

PPC Shell access for debugging

David Woodhouse (dwmw2) and Josh Boyer (jwboyer) may provide you access to a PPC box for build debugging purposes. Just send them an e-mail with an request and a public SSH key.

Applications/Libraries of Interest


PowerPC Hardware



Work needed



Known build issues