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Re: Installing on a Alpha XL 300

Hi Adam,

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?

Sorry, this pointer to MILO isn't supposed to be there; MILO hasn't been
supported for at least three releases now, because it's based on an ancient
Linux kernel that can no longer be built from source.  And it looks like I
have a fix for that part of the manual that never got committed; I'll take
care of that ASAP. :/

According to the table at
<http://debian.org/releases/stable/alpha/ch05s01.html.en>, the xl and xlt
systems don't support SRM, which means you can *only* boot Linux on them
using MILO.  The only remaining site I know of for downloading MILO is
<http://milo.core-systems.de/>; but once you get the MILO images, you're
still pretty much on your own for getting Debian installed using it, since
there's no support for this in the installer.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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