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Re: Installing on a Alpha XL 300

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 03:22:06PM -0500, Adam Mercer wrote:
> At work I've been given the task of installing Debian on an old Alpha
> XL 300 that is currenty running Red Hat 6.2. I have never installed
> Linux on a non x86 plaform before so am having quite a lot of
> difficulty.
> >From what I can gather from the documentation I need to create a
> bootable floppy and then boot of this to start the install. The
> documentation (http://debian.org/releases/stable/alpha/ch04s02.html.en)
> says that the image for this floppy is dependant on the specific
> Alpha, which I believe for the XL 300 is xlt, and can be found in the
> following location:
> <ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny/main/disks-alpha/current/MILO/>
> There doesn't seem to be any MILO directory, not even a disks-alpha
> directory. Where can I find these disk images?
> Am I on the right track with this? Does anyone know of some simple
> step by step instructions for installing on Alpha?

As far as I know, debian has not actually worked on MILO machines since
Debian 3.0.  I certainly never managed to get it to work on my alphas.
My machines that use SRM instead of ARC and hence don't use milo work
fine of course.

As far as I know the XL 300 doesn't have SRM and hence only works with
milo which pretty much means it doesn't work.

You could try install Debian 3.0 and then upgrading from there, although
you would have to point the installer at the debian archives to get the
files it needs.  It might work.

Len Sorensen

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