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Re: Lemote YeeLoong 8089 mips based notebook repository switch

Laurent GUERBY <laurent@guerby.net> writes:



> Thanks for your answer.
> You mean that changing sources.list and then "apt-get update; apt-get
> dist-upgrade" is likely to work (ie not breaking completely the
> machine)?

Loongson 2f is mips3 compatible so any mipsel distribution will work on
this processor [warning: the loongson is little endian only]. The only
parts missing may be all the stuff related to the hardware like kernel
and Xorg driver. Take care also about packages version. For instance,
newer Xorg need some patch in the kernel to work (see [1]).

imho you'll get into troubles only if you start mixing
distributions (for instance plain debian with the version from
lemote). If you really fear about breaking stuff, what about using a
debian chroot and then do the switch when you're confident enough ?

>> For your information, the GNewSenseToMIPS projetct is gathering information on
>> the platfors using the godson CPU from Lemote Tech.
>> You may find useful information here:
>> http://wiki.gnewsense.org/Projects/GNewSenseToMIPS
>> Feel free to correc/complete the information provided!
> Yes I had this one in my bookmarks but it doesn't mention
> (yet) the slowness of the www.lemote.com repository from
> Europe. When I have enough information I'll update the wiki :).
> In particular has anyone tried the debian-mipsel
> netinst on this particular harware?
> http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r6/mipsel/iso-cd/debian-40r6-mipsel-netinst.iso

if you take lemote's kernel, netboot initrd, put them on a tftp, you can
try to boot them with pmon. If it doesn't work, put kernel/initrd in
/boot and boot them from pmon.
Booting directly from a cd in a usb cdrom drive may work but it depends
on your pmon version. iirc, there has been in the past bugs preventing
this to work. I hope they're fixed now :)
Of course, this assume that all needed support for usb/harddrive/network/...
is built-in in lemote's kernel and that you're using it. Default debian
kernel won't work afaik


[1] http://www.linux-mips.org/archives/linux-mips/2008-12/msg00056.html

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