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Re: Donation of a Calxeda Highbank node

Hector Oron <hector.oron@gmail.com> writes:

> Hello,
> 2013/4/12 Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>:
>> OffensiveSecurity owns a Calxeda Highbank cluster of ARM machines[1] and is
>> willing to dedicate one of the nodes to Debian.
> Thanks, that is a very kind offer and with ARM hat on, we cannot
> reject the offer, it makes it very interesting as a playground
> machine. However, let me make some points here:
> * ARM porters hat: It is very interesting machine, and very useful to
> start experimenting with it as Debian is seeking for a full Calxeda
> chassis.
> * DSA hat: The machine shall not be a debian.org machine, so DSA could
> export accounts if requested.
> * Buildd hat: The machine shall not be used to run buildd software to
> build official packages.
> * Kernel hat: As Ben already stated, ARM multiplatform kernel should
> already support this machine.

yes, it should. My patched 3.8 multiplatform is more or less booting
with qemu emulating Highbank machine but I'm getting either some
warnings or it just hangs, don't know why. So, if we're lucky, it's
something related to qemu and it'll just work, if we're not some
patching will be needed.

> Now, Raphael, apparently you got a contact already with the donator
> and a root account on the server machine. Would you be willing to
> admin or handout root access to few ARM porters, so DD accounts could
> either be exported or create local accounts for people willing to play
> with the machine?

It would also be interesting to know if it's possible to test a kernel
to make sure that the multiplatform kernel will boot/work on it.


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