Beta4 on sparc32 - mostly successful
Here's a report of beta4 testing on sparc32 (install on Sparcstation 10
machine via serial console). Some of this was reported on #debian-boot
already, so a solution for some problems might be already in the works.
* netboot image 
Boots fine, installation goes OK, until the kernel installation stage.
Then installer incorrectly chooses to install the 64-bit kernel, which
bails out with an error. According to Joshua Kwan, this happens due to
the fact that the version of kernel images for sparc which d-i relies on
has been removed from testing. Logs of this installation are available
* netinst CD iso image 
A completely functional install which went impressively well! Few minor
- initrd is too big to fit into standard 4 MB ramdisk. Thanks to the
tip of Steven Langasek and Joshua Kwan managed to boot by passing
a boot parameter 'ramdisk_size=8192', otherwise was just getting
a bunch of 'attempt to access past the end of device' messages. This
probably needs to be documented somewhere.
- DHCP failed the first time, but it seems to be a known and minor
- during the second stage (after reboot) the messages from init about
IDs 2 and 3 (virtual consoles) respawning too fast are occasionally
displayed, ruining on-screen pseudographics. Might be a good idea to
redirect those messages to the logs.
* businesscard CD iso image 
- same initrd/ramdisk size problem as for netinst iso (see above).
- since the kernel image for this installation is downloaded from the
net, the attempt is made to install 64-bit kernel on a 32-bit machine
which naturally fails (same as for netboot).
The only thing which still does not work for me is non-English (in
particular, Russian) install. I've made some digging on it and it seems
like the correct (Unicode-encoded) strings are passed to the newt frontend
and then something screws up there. One thing which I cannot quite explain
is why the Russian text is all Unicode-encoded, but the locale in
languagechooser's languagelist file seems to be set to ru_RU.KOI8-R.
Anyone cares to comment on that?
Otherwise, compliments to d-i team on an impressive release.
Jurij Smakov email@example.com
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