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Re: comments on Debian Alpha HOWTO

To update the folks on the Debian Alpha list, I, the Install Manual
maintain am (foolishly?  bravely?) trying to *integrate* information
on Alpha booting into the Install Manual.  This is a single location
where users are going to look for guidance -- a good manual is a
lifesaver; with a bad manual, users will get bored, frustrated, and
give up on Debian.

Now, I don't have an Alpha; I can only read about it and try to figure
out what to say. Hardly an optimal position for a documenter.  If
you'd like to help, please feel free to just email me or
<debian-boot@lists.debian.org> blocks of text. Remeber, I'm not on the
<debian-alpha> list.

The document is just the INstallation Manual, but there are different
flavors; one for each archtitecture.  That way, you don't get cruft
about expanded/extended memory in the Alpha version, but shared parts
(i.e., dbootstrap program) are shared.

Anyhow, I have a first cut of the alpha version at
This is not *close* to complete.  It will be updated out of CVS
automatically, once a day around 4am.

"joost" == joost  <joost@pc47.mpn.cp.philips.com> writes:
> Hi, On 12 Dec 1998, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
>> + does the information at
>> http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/rhl/alpha/rh52-hardware-alpha-3.html
>> help you out?  Should I provide something like that in teh
>> boot-floppies package?

> That looks like great information.  Besides putting it in the FAQ,
> it should be put as README in the disks-alpha/current dir.

Well, it's not for the FAQ, it's for the Install Manual.

> BTW, do you have an url for your preliminary document?  I haven't
> really started installing Debian on my multia yet, so I would like
> to do it first time with your HOWTO as my only source of
> information.  I presume that you'll appreciate the feedback.

Yes... I don't know if you want to really wait or not though.  I need
to get much more information in there before it's really useful for
Alpha users.  Actually, I would really appreciate the following, right
away if possible:

 * check the information at
   I have two tables in there which need checking.  The first is
   Family/Model to code name for the sub-architecture (i.e., miata).
   The second (which will be moved down in the document) is whether
   the sub-arch uses MILO or SRM or both

 * section on how to partition -- is it pretty straight-forward?
   all I need are the alpha-specfic bits.

All contributions must be placed under the GPL.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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