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Re: DSA concerns for jessie architectures (mips*)

On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM, Luca Filipozzi <lfilipoz@debian.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 05:34:42PM +0800, Aron Xu wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 5:29 PM, Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> wrote:
>> > On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM, Peter Palfrader wrote:
>> > > If our existing eight-year old hardware is the only mips machines we can
>> > > reasonably get then that doesn't bode well for mips.  We don't think
>> > > relying on the SWARMs (alone) is an option.
>> >
>> > Perhaps Cavium will interested in providing newer hardware now that
>> > there is a MIPS N64 GSoC project underway. They offered some decent
>> > hardware last year in association with such a port:
>> >
>> > http://lists.debian.org/debian-mips/2012/02/msg00001.html
>> > http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2013/Projects#MIPS_N32.2FN64_ABI_port
>> > http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2013/StudentApplications/EleanorChen
>> >
>> I believe Cavium's David Daney is on debian-mips, we can talk to him
>> to see if there is any possibility of making donation.
> It would be wonderful to refresh our mips environment as our current mips
> environment is not healthy.  We gladly accept hardware donations but would
> appreciate if the donated hardware be equivalent to that available
> commercially.  Of the four existing donated boxen that we operate at ubcece,
> one has never worked (fatally defective) and two are very unreliable.  We also
> had to modify them to boot on power-up.
> Do the Cavium machines have any remote management features (similar to Sun
> ALOM, HP iLO, Dell DRAC) that allow access to a serial console and to power
> management?  Alternatively, can they be configured to power on after a power
> loss so we can attach them to a remotely controlled power distribution unit?
> Do they boot from local storage?
> Any help you can provide in securing newer mips equipment is appreciated.  We
> MUST refresh our mips environment if we wish to continue offering a mips port.
> As mentioned, we will need a number of machines to satisfy the various
> requirements (geographically distributed buildd machines, accessible porter
> machine(s), etc.).
>> As for the GSoC project, the student seems to not get access to the
>> hardware Cavium offered, nor the main mentor (Cc'ed), so there is no
>> feedback about stability/other stuff about those hardware.
> Why were the GSoC students unable to obtain access to the hardware?

David once said he has prepared the machine, but we haven't got
response from him when asking for shell access.

Also, are you interested in asking Lemote for there Loongson 3A machines?


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