REQUEST: Official Debian AmigaOne support
I know that cross-posting is not wanted (I posted this message already on
debian-powerpc with the title "Help needed for Debian AmigaOne support"),
but I guess debian-powerpc is more "user" oriented (correct me if I'm wrong).
I'm asking for help to add support for the AmigaOne (desktop PPC) to Debian
GNU/Linux. Currently AmigaOne users have to install a Debian Woody base
system, before they can upgrade to/install sarge or etch (also there is no
other GNU/Linux distribution available for the A1 ATM and therefore A1
users are pushing me to create a Debian install CD ;) ).
I took a look at the Debian installer and the kernel build package
(make-kpkg) and found some C-code/scripts/makefiles/etc. that would have to
be modified, as the AmigaOne is identified as an 68k Amiga/APUS system
(which is totally wrong). Also support for U-boot (A1 firmware) images
would have to be added to make-kpkg. A special bootloader package should
not be necessary, since U-boot supports PReP boot partitions and AmigaOS4
comes with a second level bootloader with ext3 support.
A problem may be the Linux kernel for the A1. Currently only kernel
versions up to 2.6.16.x are working on the A1 (more or less due to the ppc
to powerpc architecture change in the Linux kernel), but I'm planning to
start on AmigaOne support for the powerpc architecture as soon as kernel
2.6.22 is out. The A1 platform code is not in the official Linux kernel
tree - I hope this is not a criterion for its inclusion in Debian (albeit
it makes things harder).
I would be grateful, if somebody could help me with the modifications on
the debian-installer and the make-kpkg package, as I have no experience
with building debian (installer) packages and CD images yet.
A1 Linux kernel project: http://amigaone-linux.sourceforge.net
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