Debian ppc64el port
The IBM Power platform, code name ppc64el, is an official architecture for Jessie.
Debian/ppc64el requires, at minimum, a POWER8 processor machine. Although Debian was initially bootstrapped on a POWER7 set of servers. this class of server is not supported anymore, and you are not able to run Debian/ppc64el on a POWER7 processor without hitting an illegal instruction fault.
There are, at this moment, a plenty of POWER8 machines being sold by different companies.
You can find the latest ppc64el images at Debian 8.2 download page
More than 96% of the Debian Archive
See the ppc64el/Installation page.
See the ppc64el/DevelopmentTeam page.
There are significant contributions by people from open-source communities and companies.
If you are a Debian Developer, Maintainer, New Member, or enthusiast, and is interested in this port, please let us know.
Individual Virtual Machines (ppc64el mini cloud)
You can get access to ppc64el virtual machines in the OpenPOWER MiniCloud - easy, free and fast.
POWER8 Virtual Machine
A ppc64el virtual machine is available at ?OpenPower mini-cloud. This is a set of POWER8 machines and you can request a full VM for development purposes:
GNU Tools Caldron 2014 slides & video