Re: boot-floppies 3.0.21 for testing
* Adam Di Carlo <email@example.com> [020314 10:55]:
> I have uploaded sparc and powerpc builds of boot-floppies 3.0.21 for
> testing at:
> We need help! Our non-i386 testing is decidedly weak. Please check
> these images and ensure that they don't have any crippling problems.
> This is the first set built purely from Woody. Changelog for 3.0.21
> can be found below.
> Please send any replies to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
> If they are ok, I will release boot-floppies 3.0.21.
I've just used the sun4u tftp image to net install an AX1105-500. For
those not familar with this machine, it's a motherboard Sun sells to
VARs to build SPARC machines around. It's more or less equivalent to
the Sun Blade 100 with some minor differences.
I initally booted the machine with the USB keyboard and mouse connected
(and a monitor)... got to the first prompt to select a keyboard (where
it was still working fine) and selected the us type 4/5, even though
this machine has a usb type 6. That was a mistake... the keymap was
I decided instead to go the route I usually took - the serial console.
This worked fairly cleanly with a few exceptions:
* My installation method was "network". An improvement here is that the
bogus /etc/resolv.conf problem is gone so DNS lookups work properly
(yay!). But on the down side, anywhere where it looks like there
should be a progress bar shows nothing of any value. Just a flashing
cursor that sometimes moved.
* After installing the kernel image, I selected "Configure Device Driver
Modules" but it complained that there were none to configure. I'm
thinking that it was looking for them in a .../2.4.18/ directory, but
at this point:
[11:46am] avocado:~$ uname -a
Linux avocado 2.4.17 #1 Wed Mar 6 13:24:45 EST 2002 sparc64 unknown
2.4.17 is clearly installed. This is probably a one-liner typo.
* The biggest problem I ran info however was after the system was
installed... running base-config, I couldn't see which item I was
selecting from the lists or the yes/no questions (no cursor).
At this point, though, I have a working machine. For all of you wanting
to install Debian on your SB100, this looks like a good candidate for
giving it a whirl.
Adam - if there's anything else you want me to try let me know either on
or off the list. I've got a bunch of SPARCs here, ranging from the SS2
to this AX1105... I just figured this machine would be among the tougher
tests for starters. :) If you've got this one, then most of the other
Ultras should work as well... no idea about the 32-bit machines. Did
you stick with a 2.2.x kernel for those? If so, you're probably safe.