ANNOUNCE: Linux/PowerPC Kernel

Joseph L. Brothers (
Fri, 7 Jul 1995 09:15:58 -0700 (PDT)

Source code is now available for Linux 1.2 on a PowerPC platform. The
following files are available for anonymous ftp from

-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 3421159 Jul 7 07:48 binutils.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 8415240 Jul 7 07:55 linux-ppc.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 4680379 Jul 7 08:00 linux-ppc.update-950626.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 4347391 Jul 7 08:06 linux-ppc.update-950705.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 1834475 Jul 7 08:08 powerpc-lib.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 10663 Jul 7 08:08 powerpc-lib.update-950626.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 58500 Jul 7 08:08 simppc-linux.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp 999 268578 Jul 7 08:09 tools.tar.gz

This announcement obsoletes the current FAQ and the Linux Project Map
entry for Linux/PowerPC. Updates will be announced when available.

This release of Linux/PowerPC is fragmentary and cannot recompile
itself. It boots only on a Motorola 1603 board. It has minimal
capabilities, including ability to boot via Ethernet to a ramdisk file
system, run single-user, execute the rc shell, and run a few simple
utilities like ls.

The extended binutils-2.5.2 included with this release implements
ELF on this platform. Patches to gcc-2.7.0 adequate to cross-compile
this release of Linux/PowerPC are forthcoming and will be announced
when they can be ftp'd.

The Motorola 1603 board is the only platform currently supported. Work
continues on Apple NuBus PowerMacs, Motorola Ultra and PowerStack and
IBM RS6000 PowerPC platforms. Others are welcome. Contributions to
Linux/PowerPC can be made via the mailing
list or by anonymous ftp to

I am not the developer of this software, nor its archivist (source
supervision is still in debate), but I will attempt to respond to email
as time permits. Linus Torvalds will get first priority for his
suggestions, naturally.

Many thanks are due to the people who have put code, time,
documentation, effort, hardware and inspiration into Linux, the tools
and this port.


--           Coordinator         Linux/PowerPC Project