Re: Debian boot floppies with new MILO for pc164, ruffian, xlt
Falk Hueffner wrote:
I've built a new set of boot floppies using Jay's new MILO for pc164,
ruffian and xlt at
It would be nice if somebody with such a machine could test them. If
you intend to do a complete install, be aware that the base-config buf
still lurks, see the previous mails for a workaround.
I wish to confirm your new milo_xlt.bin file works fine. I have d/l,
extracted it to a floppy, and tested the resulting files on my XLT-300
sucessfully. I did NOT do a full new install, but just went to the
"MILO" prompt. Based on my past experience with the Woody
boot-floppies, I don't expect any problems with doing a full install
once I get to the milo prompt.
Regarding the boot-floppies in general... I think they are in pretty
good shape for the XLT series. I am running an "up-to-date" testing
install presently, and I certainly have much more functionality than I
have ever had at any time in the past.
The only problem I foresee from my perspecitve is that certain XLTs that
have the 21171 chipset WILL have problems with the 2.4.XX kernels. I
have experienced this here and recently stumbled upon a "solution", but
it requires editing a file in the stock "generic" kernel and a
re-compile. I have never had any problems with the stock "generic"
2.2.XX kernels provided for the Alpha. I understand that the Woody CDs
will offer a choice of 2.2.XX or 2.4.XX kernels during install which
could result in install problems for a small sub-set of Alphas. For
this reason I would recommend that the Woody Alpha boot floppies be
compiled with the current 2.2.XX kernel ONLY, and a warning / advisory
be placed somewhere that if problems arise with the 2.4.XX kernel, do
the initial install with the 2.2.XX kernel and "upgrade" later. Since
this affects only a small sub-set of machine, could this "warning" be
placed in the milo README file(s) for affected machines? I know for
certain that the XLT-300 is affected, but the XLT-366 and higher is not.
Just a thought for possible discussion...
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