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Re: debian boot CDs & G5

On Mon, Apr 26, 2004 at 10:22:24AM +0200, Jens Schmalzing wrote:
> Colin Watson writes:
> > Oh, God, *another* flavour?
> Sticking with just one flavour for all the power4 machines means we
> either break the Apple G5 or leave the IBM Power4 without serial
> console.  Neither is acceptable.

... or patch the serial console driver in some way that doesn't break
too badly on either ...

Having another flavour means having a totally enormous
linux-kernel-di-powerpc, using another 6.5MB or so of space on
debian-installer CD images (which pushes us pretty close to the wire for
businesscards) or else generating another complete image (also
expensive), means extra logic in archdetect and base-installer, requires
more boot configuration, uses up about 27MB more space on powerpc CD 1,
etc. It's not cheap at all.

Speaking as the person currently doing powerpc 2.6 support in d-i, this
lot is going to be a pain to support in a full release.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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