Power Architecture Kernel Development

Registered by Ben Collins on 2012-09-28

The current powerpc kernel state is stagnant and based on there only being PowerMac and IBM P-Series kernels. With the expansion of Power into various other vendors and the availability of many types of machines, this needs to be expanded. However, this may incur patches that are not PowerPC centric, so the possibility exists where the power kernel may need to be built separate from the stock kernel package in Ubuntu. DIscussion is needed on the best way to proceed, best practices for maintaining it and best methods of supporting as many alternate Power CPUs/SoCs as possible while keeping the package maintainable.

Blueprint information

Status:
Started
Approver:
Ubuntu Kernel Team
Priority:
Medium
Drafter:
Ben Collins
Direction:
Approved
Assignee:
Ben Collins
Definition:
Approved
Series goal:
Accepted for raring
Implementation:
Deployment
Milestone target:
milestone icon ubuntu-13.04-feature-freeze
Started by
Andy Whitcroft on 2012-11-08

Related branches

Sprints

Whiteboard

08-11-12: rtg: Created ppc branch in ubuntu-raring tree
09-11-12: BenC: Uploaded new linux-ppc and linux-ppc-meta packages
11-11-12: cjwatson: Packages processed into NEW

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Work Items

Work items:
[timg-tpi] prepare split out powerpc branch and drop from master: DONE
[apw] investigate mechanism to allow branches such as ppc and lowlatency to be monitored and pulled into the appropriate repos: POSTPONED
[ben-collins] Upload linux-ppc and linux-meta-ppc packages: DONE

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