I’m glad to announce that I have joined IBM this week as assistant software engineer to porting Manjaro to the upcoming POWER9 architecture, which will avaible later this year.
More Info about: https://www.nextplatform.com/2016/08/24/big-blue-aims-sky-power9/
It is expected to port packages-core by the and of May and to boot a complete graphical enviroment on real hardware by September.
As you may know IBM’s System Z is supported by Suse, Ubuntu and Red Hat. Since Power9 is a new architecture they have decided to avoid errors made in the past like get stuck with fixed release OS and switch to a more user friendly software and scalable OS like Manjaro.
Someone may also rembember the Talos Workstation but this is on a superior level, Talos was planned by an inexperienced and poorly funded startup while IBM does real things.
by the way, backporting to older architectures in not on the roadmap, so if you have a Power7 or Power8 system it will not be supported.