Phoronix: SPARC, IA64 Ports Of Ubuntu Face Decommissioning
While Ubuntu and its derivatives (such as Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Netbook) are most popular on x86 and x86_64 systems along with a growing presence on ARM-based devices, ports of Ubuntu have been available for SPARC and IA64 architectures too. However, as the quality of these ports have been degrading, the IA64 and SPARC ports of Ubuntu Linux may be decommissioned during the Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" development cycle...
Sadly I'm not surprised - the world is prolly going to be amd64, arm, and everything else, in that order. (although MIPS might be big in a few years if the Chinese chips become 'good enough', thinking about it...)
Sad... The SPARC port has degraded probably because sun was stupid enough to discontinue their workstation line.
Much as I liked my old SPARC machines, building a SPARC workstation which can compete against a $1000 PC running Linux (or OpenSolaris) is a tough job.... SPARC is much more competitive in the server market.
As for IA64, I didn't even realise they still existed .
Canonical needs to change some of his ways to make ubuntu in order to, at least, think about entering in the twilight zone of non-x86 servers.
I'm not so sure: Ubuntu isn't really a player in the 'serious' server market which might have SPARC or IA64 CPUs instead of x86... I have it on my MYthTV/NFS server box at home but it changes too much too fast for me to risk it on a server that does real work.
IA-64 aka Itanium is dead and for SPARC-based systems Solaris is a much better choice.
And even SPARC is nearing the grave. New workstations with SPARC-CPUs are non-existent today. The last SPARC-based workstation was built by SUN in 2008. And on servers x86-CPUs offer a much better performance/price-ratio than SPARC-based systems.