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Re: yaboot: How to load Debian8 netboot installation images directly from the boot: prompt?

I use, mainly the netinst.iso myself - and for Debian5, debian7 and debian8 it has worked (debian 5 on Power4 - standalone and Power5 - virtual, but need a whole disk), debian6 I got to work - eventually (Power5 only tried), but needed to patch yaboot everytime so I waited for Debian7. Debian7 worked in virtual mode, virtual disks (but not when using fancy disk management). Debian 8 I have only tried as a virtual machine on Power6.

The biggest difference though is bare-metal, or virtualised - setting up the VIOS to support an install in whatever way. Maybe USB could be used as an install source. Sounds simplier with bare metal - an HMC can assign a USB port hard into a partition, but it is less mobile - and I do not know if IVM (integrated virtual manager - in any case VIOS as "HMC").

I have written those instructions on my Power/AIX portal and am willing to rework them to fit into a Debian FAQ format.

For anyone interested: (for wheezy, but same instructions work for jessie!): http://www.rootvg.net/content/view/560/88/

On Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 3:52 PM, Lennart Sorensen <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
On Fri, Jun 05, 2015 at 02:58:38PM +0200, Michael Felt wrote:
> 10 days late replying - my apologies.
> PowerPC - if I read that in a literal sense - is that basically "oldish"
> Macs that were build on the PowerPC processor. If the answer is yes, is
> there any interest in the Ubuntu Community to have a refresh/new document
> that focuses on the non-Mac POWER servers (POWER8 is gaining in popularity
> both as bare metal and as "virtual machine" aka parition). I am willing to
> assist - but have to limit myself to what I have (Power4 - bare metal,
> Power5 (bare metal/virtual) and Power6 (virtual only as I cannot bring it
> down to bare metal without an outage). And I know someone with a Power7 -
> entry system. I would have to look (and might actually find) someone with a
> Power8 for testing.

Hmm, I guess I have only ever tried booting from the net install cd image,
which at least worked for power6 and power7 IBM systems.

I don't recall which boot loader the CD image uses.  I use grub2 on the
installed systems though.

Len Sorensen

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