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Re: boot-floppies status from an insider (was Re: Deficiencies in Debian)

goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de wrote:
> Eric Delaunay <delaunay@lix.polytechnique.fr> writes:
> > Do we still want to support very old hardware, especially low memory system
> > (eg. some old sparc, and maybe old 386, 486 as well) ?
> Then you also need a 1.x kernel. 2.0 is wasting mem and 2.2 doesn´t
> boot on low mem maschines. I think its safe to assume 8 MB ram for a
> linux installation. Everybody else should take a bootdisk from bo or slink.

Is 1.x still supported by slink or potato ?
Anyway, I believe sparc is not ;-(  But I guess even old sparc have at least
8MB of memory.

> > In this case, we need to add a "swap on NFS" patch to the kernel.
> > I found one patch for 2.0.35 (sparc) kernel.  And for 2.2, NBD could be used
> > along with a patch to the networking subsystem
> > (http://atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz/~pavel/nbd/nbd.html).
> > I will try to build bootdisks for sparc based on them.
> Hmm, if you can nfs-swap, you will have acess to another maschine,
> where you custombuild your kernel and copy that to the boot disk. If
> ram is a problem you will want to compile a kernel anyway.

Hmm, compiling a sparc kernel on an intel box is somewhat difficult ;-)
Btw, I got the nbd patch for 2.1.123 kernel but it fails to apply cleanly on
2.2.12.  If I will have spare time this w-e I will try to fix it.

Does anybody have experience with NBD and/or swap over NFS ?


 Eric Delaunay                 | "La guerre justifie l'existence des militaires.
 delaunay@lix.polytechnique.fr | En les supprimant." Henri Jeanson (1900-1970)

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