www.d.o: PowerPC installation pages need update (was: Some weirdness on debian release sites)
FJP = "Frans Pop <firstname.lastname@example.org>" wrote
FJP> Holger Wansing noted on the d-www list (see mail below) that
FJP> the port pages for PowerPC are in dire need of an update
FJP> because they and the links on them still refer to Woody and
FJP> seem not to have been updated for Sarge.
FJP> - http://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc/index.en.html
Here is a proposed patch to index.wml that you might consider. A
changelog would include
* Updated CPU list to be up to date (64 bit POWER4, G5 etc)
* Noted that PowerPC kernel development is now at kernel.org
* woody * sarge for stable release
* Noted that 64 bit CPU's run in 32 bit mode in sarge
* Added William Sowerbutt's Mac Mini howto page (the only sarge
based page I've found yet), moved the LPAR & RS/6000 howto's into the
* Moved the potato -> woody keycode info to the bottom (no need to
lose it just yet, but it is historical only)
* Removed the info about yaboot version/benh kernel: sarge includes
If there is stuff that still looks wrong it's because either (a) I
can't tell it is wrong or (b) I don't the correct update.
I can try this next - I don't run a lot of old Mac (legacy) hardware
or other PowerPC systems, but it should be easy to at least sync with
the install manual (at least get the current architectures right!).
FJP> Could you please review them and either submit patches or
Let me know if the below is acceptable and I can keep going. I'd be
happy to help when and where I can....;-)
RCS file: /cvs/webwml/webwml/english/ports/powerpc/index.wml,v
retrieving revision 1.64
diff -u -r1.64 index.wml
--- index.wml 11 Aug 2005 21:12:26 -0000 1.64
+++ index.wml 14 Aug 2005 23:43:08 -0000
@@ -6,23 +6,28 @@
<img src="pics/ppc750.jpg" alt="PPC-750 picture" align="right">
The PowerPC is a <a href="http://www.foldoc.org/foldoc/foldoc.cgi?query=RISC">\
- RISC</a> microprocessor
- developed by <a href="http://www.chips.ibm.com/products/powerpc/">IBM</a>
- and <a href="http://mot-sps.com/">Motorola</a>.
- The first such chip was the 601, released in 1992. After that, the 603 and
- 604 series were developed, then 750, also known as the G3, after which came
- the G4 series.
- For more information on the supported PowerPC hardware, please refer
- to the <a href="http://penguinppc.org/about/intro.php#hardware">compatibility list</a>.
+ RISC</a> microprocessor architecture
+ developed by <a href="http://www.ibm.com/products/powerpc/">IBM</a>,
+ <a href="http://motorola.com/">Motorola</a> and <a
+ href="www.apple.com">Apple</a>. The PowerPC architecture allows both
+ 64-bit and 32-bit implementations (the 64-bit implementation includes
+ the 32-bit implementation). The first PowerPC microprocessor was the
+ 601, a 32-bit implementation released in 1992. Several other 32-bit
+ implementations have since been released, including the 603, 604, 750
+ (G3), 7400 (G4) and the PowerQUICC embedded communications
+ processors. 64-bit implementations include the 620, POWER4, POWER5
+ and the 970 (G5).
Linux for the PowerPC was first released at the 2.2.x version of
- the kernel. The primary resource for PowerPC Linux development is
- <a href="http://penguinppc.org/">penguinppc</a>, which includes
- the latest released and development
- <a href="http://penguinppc.org/dev/kernel.shtml">Linux PowerPC kernel
+ the kernel. A key resource for PowerPC Linux development is <a
+ href="http://penguinppc.org/">penguinppc</a>. PowerPC support in the
+ Linux kernel is now developed as part of the `main' Linux kernel at
+ <a href="http://kernel.org">kernel.org</a>. For more information on
+ the PowerPC hardware supported by Linux please refer to the <a
@@ -36,22 +41,19 @@
Debian PowerPC port was first officially released with Debian GNU/Linux 2.2
- (`potato'). Support for PowerPC is maintained in the release 3.0 (`woody').
+ (`potato'). Support for PowerPC is maintained in the release 3.1 (`sarge').
Please see the <a href="$(HOME)/releases/stable/powerpc/release-notes/">
release notes</a> and <a href="$(HOME)/releases/stable/powerpc/">\
installation manual</a> for more information.
- When upgrading from Potato to Woody or changing kernels, there is
- some <a href="keycodes">important information</a> you should be aware
- of regarding a change in keyboard coding. This could save you some
- time and headaches!
+ Please note that the Sarge release does not currently support 64-bit
+ execution environments when used with 64-bit processors (e.g. a
+ POWER4 or G5). A 64-bit environment is planned for a future release
+ (see discussion on the <a
+ mailing list for the latest information).
@@ -72,6 +74,9 @@
+<li>William R. Sowerbutts' <a
+ Debian GNU/Linux on the Mac Mini</a>
<li>Jesus Climent's <a href="http://www.hispalinux.es/~data/ibook/">
Installing Debian 3.0 on an iBook2</a>
<li>Branden Robinson's <a href="http://people.debian.org/~branden/ibook.html">
@@ -86,6 +91,14 @@
A German Debian GNU/Linux iBook2 HowTo</a>
Installing Debian GNU/Linux on an iBook 3.3 (G4)</a> by Sébastien FRANÇOIS
+ Debian network installation on IBM RS/6000 44P-170 (POWER3)
+ HOWTO</a> by Rolf Brudeseth
+<li> Installing Debian GNU/Linux on a p630 LPAR (7028-6C4) - <a
+ and <a
+ (Florian M. Weps)
@@ -100,27 +113,12 @@
- Debian network installation on IBM RS/6000 44P-170 (POWER3) HOWTO</a> by Rolf Brudeseth</p>
-<p>Installing Debian GNU/Linux on a p630 LPAR (7028-6C4) -
- <a href="http://people.debian.org/~fmw/p630-LPAR-Debian-en.txt">English</a> and
- <a href="http://people.debian.org/~fmw/p630-LPAR-Debian-de.txt">German</a> (Florian M. Weps)
- For the newest PowerPC systems from Apple, the XServe and WindTunnel
- PowerMacs, <b>yaboot</b> version 1.3.8 or newer is required. This
- version is not available in the stable (woody) installer, but may be
- downloaded from <a href="http://penguinppc.org/projects/yaboot/">Yaboot's Home</a>.
- The <a href="inst/yaboot-howto/">Yaboot HOWTO</a> is also available.</p>
- The Titanium G4 17" Powermac has two issues: the 100MHz bus and
- the USB controller. The newest Windtunnel Macs also have a USB issue,
- due to a new USB card supplier. You will need a benh kernel > 2.4.21
- to install on these machines. </p>
+ When upgrading from Potato to Woody or upgrading really old kernels,
+ there is some <a href="keycodes">important information</a> you should
+ be aware of regarding a change in keyboard coding. This could save
+ you some time and headaches!
<h3>Links - Documentation</h3>