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Re: cross-installer

On Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 01:29:38PM +0200, Geert Stappers wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 11:45:00AM +0200, Andreas Jochens wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > Holger Levsen wrote:
> > > which solution do you think is better? the cross-installer (isnt there 
> > > one for amd64 already?) or the native installer?
> > 
> > There is currently no cross-installer for amd64 as far as I know.
> > 
> > There is not even a 64-bit kernel flavor in the i386 repository.
> > There was one some time ago but it has been discontinued.
> > 
> > I do not think that there is a 'better' solution. Both solutions
> > have their place. The amd64 native 64-bit installer should not be 
> > dropped just because the i386 32-bit installer can be used to 
> > cross-install amd64. The same is true for the ppc64 case in my opinion.
> > 
> > Anyway, at the moment the native 64-bit installer is the only one
> > that works for the ppc64 installation. But it would certainly be
> > helpful to get the cross-installation option also implemented.
> Another question regarding cross-installation:
> Would the cross-installer allow installation across architectures?
> Examples Given:
> * On a recent Macintosh (powerpc) doing the install
>   and take the SCSI-disk to an old Mac (m68k)
> * On an AMD64 computer doing the install
>   and serve the network-disk to a ARM system.

Yes and no. IT would allow to do such install in the same way that
cross-debootstrap works, but hardware detection and kernel/ramdisk
installation are issues which need to be worked on.


Sven Luther

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