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Old-World installation (was: Switching from BootX to quik)

I can run Debian on a 7200/120 _without_ any MacOS partition ?
Is my understanding correct ?

ABSOLUTELY! It makes a nice little server. It doesn't need to be any faster than my network.

Just make sure you have enough disk & ram. I recommend a reasonable (DSL or better) network connection for the installation.

Since my 7200 has only has a smallish (~1G) drive I'm running with a single partition. I left the Apple's drivers in place ''just-in-case''. Besides, they're small. My partition map is:

# mac-fdisk /dev/sda
Command (? for help): p
# type name length base ( size ) system /dev/sda1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63 @ 1 ( 31.5k) Partition map /dev/sda2 Apple_Driver43 Macintosh 54 @ 64 ( 27.0k) Driver 4.3 /dev/sda3 Apple_Driver43 Macintosh 74 @ 118 ( 37.0k) Driver 4.3 /dev/sda4 Apple_Driver_IOKit Macintosh 512 @ 192 (256.0k) Unknown /dev/sda5 Apple_Patches Patch Partition 512 @ 704 (256.0k) Unknown /dev/sda6 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 Linux 2302656 @ 1216 ( 1.1G) Linux native /dev/sda7 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap 200000 @ 2303872 ( 97.7M) Linux swap

Command (? for help): q

The BOM for the installation is:
- old-world CPU
- vga monitor with Mac adapter
- adb keyboard
- ''reasonable'' network connection (or a CD)
- Boot/Rescue and Root floppies from the Woody installation

It's easy as 1, 2, 3:
1.  connect everything up and stick in the Boot/Rescue floppy
2.  power-up
3. Answer the questions as presented by the installer (Partitions, IP address, etc.)

I HIGHLY recommend that you take some time to acquaint yourself with using a serial console on the modem port as well as Open Firmware and its environment variables (see nvsetenv). Once you're up and running you should print out the nv settings and put them in a safe place. If your PRAM is ever reset, an Open-Firmware boot (cmd-opt-O-F) to restore their values manually will be required. You might want to play with this before you do the installation.

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