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Re: Future of Debian !uncertain



On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 10:34:00PM +0000, Nathan Paul Simons wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 03:00:39AM +0100, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> > m68k isn't using PCI.  sun4m isn't using PCI.  s390 isn't using PCI.
> > My ipaq (arm) doesn't use PCI.  mips, mipsel doesn't use PCI.  My HPPA
> > boxen surely doesn't use PCI.  sun4u, x86, ia64, ppc all use PCI, but
> > that's about it.  ia64, s390, ppc and x86 use four different partition
> > table formats.  Each arch uses its own bootloader.  There are a lot of
> > small and subtle differences, don't underestimate them.

> Not to be anal, but alpha also uses PCI.  But it also uses a different
> bootloader.  Not sure about partition tables (it's been a long time
> since I've needed to repartition/reinstall any alpha boxes - thanks
> Debian!).

Depends on which firmware you have installed.  If your machine is set up
to run DOS^WNT for Alpha, it'll use DOS partition tables.  If it's set up
for compatibility with other real OSes, it'll use BSD disklabels.

-- 
Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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