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Re: Updated installation images for Debian Ports 2019-04-09


As far as I understand, it seems that booting a SCSI 
drive (disk, cdrom) on alpha needs a (non-free) 
firmware for the QLOGIC chip (see the thread 
following [1] for an example and the answer of Michael Cree)

This firmware should be loaded somehow : embedded in
the (tainted) kernel (as suggested in [1]), included
in the initramfs or loaded from a floppy at boot time
(if the floppy drive is still functional and there is
a floppy driver in the kernel).

These firmwares are packaged in : firmware-qlogic (non-free)
which is not mirrored on ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports 
but on regular mirrors.

I hope it will help !

Many thanks for all this work towards a (smoothly) working
install CD for alpha - and especially for fixing the generic
kernel and assembling the CD 
(I am not able to test currently, sorry)

JH Chatenet

[1] : https://lists.debian.org/debian-alpha/2017/11/msg00000.html

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