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From: Xavier Leroy <Xavier.Leroy@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml on ppc64 (Linux)?
> Does anyone know of the status of OCaml on ppc64 on Linux?
> It's a secondary Fedora platform and therefore I'd like to support it.
> Someone at Red Hat did some work on trying to port it, but it was
> still quite broken AIUI:

Right. I followed David Woodhouse's attempts from a distance.  While
PPC64/MacOSX (supported in OCaml 3.10) is a small change from PPC32/MacOSX,
there are significant differences between PPC64/Linux and PPC32/Linux
-- or for that matter PPC64/Linux and all other PPC platforms.

> Is there anything we can do to help it along (eg. hardware purchase or
> also we can give out limited accounts on a PPC64 machine)?

My initial reaction was to conclude that PPC64 isn't worth the porting
effort: Apple killed the PowerPC architecture on the desktop, and
while PowerPC is still strong in the embedded world, it's in 32-bit
mode.  Then someone told me that the Playstation 3 is a PPC64/Linux
platform...  I'm still not quite sure whether having OCaml on
PPC64/Linux is worth the effort, even if we had the corresponding hardware.

- Xavier Leroy