Re: comments on Debian Alpha HOWTO
To update the folks on the Debian Alpha list, I, the Install Manual
maintain am (foolishly? bravely?) trying to *integrate* information
on Alpha booting into the Install Manual. This is a single location
where users are going to look for guidance -- a good manual is a
lifesaver; with a bad manual, users will get bored, frustrated, and
give up on Debian.
Now, I don't have an Alpha; I can only read about it and try to figure
out what to say. Hardly an optimal position for a documenter. If
you'd like to help, please feel free to just email me or
<firstname.lastname@example.org> blocks of text. Remeber, I'm not on the
The document is just the INstallation Manual, but there are different
flavors; one for each archtitecture. That way, you don't get cruft
about expanded/extended memory in the Alpha version, but shared parts
(i.e., dbootstrap program) are shared.
Anyhow, I have a first cut of the alpha version at
This is not *close* to complete. It will be updated out of CVS
automatically, once a day around 4am.
"joost" == joost <email@example.com> writes:
> Hi, On 12 Dec 1998, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
>> + does the information at
>> help you out? Should I provide something like that in teh
>> boot-floppies package?
> That looks like great information. Besides putting it in the FAQ,
> it should be put as README in the disks-alpha/current dir.
Well, it's not for the FAQ, it's for the Install Manual.
> BTW, do you have an url for your preliminary document? I haven't
> really started installing Debian on my multia yet, so I would like
> to do it first time with your HOWTO as my only source of
> information. I presume that you'll appreciate the feedback.
Yes... I don't know if you want to really wait or not though. I need
to get much more information in there before it's really useful for
Alpha users. Actually, I would really appreciate the following, right
away if possible:
* check the information at
I have two tables in there which need checking. The first is
Family/Model to code name for the sub-architecture (i.e., miata).
The second (which will be moved down in the document) is whether
the sub-arch uses MILO or SRM or both
* section on how to partition -- is it pretty straight-forward?
all I need are the alpha-specfic bits.
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.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>