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Discontinue PPC64 as Alternative Architecture


After a number of projects dropped support for the big endian ppc64 architecture and our move of ppc64 to "maintenance-only" mode few releases back, now a vital dependency, the Eclipse project, stops supporting ppc64. As a consequence we need to discontinue producing any ppc64 content. This is a long time anticipated step as the upstream focus on the little endian variant (ppc64le) on Linux is well known.


  • Name: Dan Horák
  • Email: <sharkcz at fedoraproject dot org>
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 29
  • Last updated: 2018-07-02
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

Fedora will stop producing ppc64 content - binary rpms or composes.

Benefit to Fedora

Without this step Fedora build system would be blocked at some point as some build dependencies couldn't be resolved.


  • Proposal owners: synchronize with rel-engs
  • Other developers: none
  • Release engineering: #Releng issue number (a check of an impact with Release Engineering is needed) changes in koji, bodhi and pungi configurations are expected
  • Policies and guidelines: none
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

There won't be composes or updates available for Fedora 29, users are advised to move to the little endian ppc64le variant.

How To Test

  • check if no ppc64 rpms or composes are produced

User Experience


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) hire Eclipse developer and convince upstream now, repeat for other projects later
  • Contingency deadline: N/A
  • Blocks release? Yes
  • Blocks product? all, because the build system will stop


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes