Re: debian installer on arm64
On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 11:29:10PM +0100, Thorsten Alteholz wrote:
>after getting my Macchiatobin, I naively thought that I only had to copy the
>arm64 installer from  or an netinst image to an USB stick and I could
>start with the fun.
>Unfortunately that did not work. So is the whole thing not that easy as
>written on  and do I really have to build everything from scratch like
>recommended in the Macchiatobin-wiki?
No, not at all. Unfortunately, the Macchiatobin still ships with
U-Boot installed as the default firmware and it's not all that useful
for installation. The better way to use the machine is to write an
EDK2 (UEFI) image to a uSD card and boot using that. There are some
switch settings documented in the solid-run docs  to tell the
machine to boot off uSD instead of the SPI flash.
The EDK2 image I've used is one built by my friend Leif (unixsmurf on
IRC) , and it works reasonably well. Using that, the system should
happily boot Debian from a USB stick and it should let you install and
run. Once you've installed, *for now* you'll need to use the rescue
mode option to install grub to the removable media path, as we don't
yet have support for storing UEFI boot variables.
We're not *quite* there for an "everything works" system, but we're
not too far away. There's occasional discussion on #debian-arm, and
I'm hosting a (quiet-ish) mailing list for macchiatobin discussion
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