Every renaissance starts with one thing that you can point your finger at and say "that's where it all began." Sometimes you realize that moment while you are right in the middle of it, but most times you can't define it until well after it happens.
Time will tell when this event occurs for PowerPC, but I'd like to think that it will be at the upcoming PowerLinux Users Group (PLUG) founding meeting being held in Austin on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
The PLUG's founding meeting aims to bring together some of the top companies, developers and users to a common place to see, touch and discuss the future of Power platforms. By bringing together engineers and speakers to discuss what Power Architecture and Linux are doing in this day and age of embedded systems and cloud computing, along with on-site products to enable and dazzle attendees, the goal is about awareness and building community around this famed processor.
In addition, the International PowerLinux Users Group group plans to put together a Steering Committee, lead by PLUG Founder and Chairman William Mapp and include representatives from Power.org and The Linux Foundation. This committee will be devoted to community outreach, open source development and Linux vendor initiatives with the likes of Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE and others. Plans may include alternative OSs running on Power and other interested groups.
A growing list of people, including myself, will be at the event being put together by Servergy and hosted at Oracle HQ. Other partners include Avnet, Freescale and IBM.
Ben Collins has more than 15 years of Linux development experience, including with the Linux kernel. He is an ex-Debian Project Leader, previous Kernel Team Lead working on Ubuntu, and is a Principal Architect with Servergy, Inc. Learn more about Ben at his blog.