SPARC and Itanium support discontinued in Ubuntu 10.10

SPARC and Itanium support discontinued in Ubuntu 10.10

Summary: Ubuntu 10.10 will not be ported to the Itanium and SPARC platforms.

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Ubuntu 10.10 will not be ported to the Itanium and SPARC platforms.

The future version of the popular Linux distribution, (code-named Maverick Meerkat), will no longer have support for either the SPARC or the Itanium platforms.

The ports of both Itanium and SPARC have been killed, because no one has put themselves forward for the job of maintaining them, according to a posting by James Remnant of Canonical on the Ubuntu technical board.

But version 10.04 of Ubuntu - Lucid Lynx - has support for both Itanium and SPARC. The LTS (long term support) version of the distribution will have ongoing support for the platforms for three years for desktops and five years for servers.

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  • Hopefully this doesn't effect the Debian Sparc project which I'm hoping to make use of later this year?
    AndyPagin-3879e
  • Andy, have read no reference to Debian lacking Sparc support and most recent Debian release (Lenny, released June 26 2010) has full SPARC support: http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/. Current in-development Debian distro here: http://www.debian.org/releases/squeeze/ Prob best place to have a dig for Sparc compatibility.
    Jack Clark
  • Here's the Debian Sparc mailing list as well: http://lists.debian.org/debian-sparc/
    Jack Clark