PPC kernel architecture remaining in SL???

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  1. mac2x macrumors 65816

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    So I went down to the local Apple store to have a gander at the new iMacs the other day. Think I'm going to get one. :D

    The weird thing is that I opened up Terminal on one and had look at mach_kernel in the / directory, expecting to see two kernel architectures, x86_64 and i386. Lo and behold, there was a third one; architecture ppc. What gives here? I thought SL was supposed to eliminate that. :confused:
     
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  3. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    There is probably just enough there to allow Roseta to work.
     
  4. mac2x thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I wasn't aware that Rosetta needed any ppc kernel to work. Could be wrong, though. :confused:
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    It's probably a placeholder for the table. Unless you know the internals, having something marked ppc doesn't prove much.
     
  6. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    Snow Leopard betas had PPC kernel in them as well.

    The only PPC stuff removed from SL is the ability to boot from PPC(i.e., Extensions), and the 64-bit PPC libraries. All of the other 32-bit PPC stuff has stayed in to support Rosetta.
     
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  8. Ganesha macrumors regular

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    Clearly it's because the iTablet will use a PPC processor. :rolleyes:
     
  9. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    You never know...P.A. Semi did build them once, if they want to run Mac apps and don't feel the Atom would do the job...
     

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