Re: Future of the s390 port
> Run it, try the different installation methods, especially with testing
> and unstable. Report the findings either as bugs or on the mailing-list.
> Show things that can be made easier to understand/use for the mainframe
> Maybe you know how to properly IPL systems from CD/DVD and can even test
> that. Maybe you have the possibility to run it on a LPAR instead of VM.
I shall be happy to do all of the above. I do have access to a real
mainframe. It's a z/890 (2086). It's not one of the newest machines.
It's not a z9 or z10. But it is 64-bit. And I do have a spare LPAR I
can test with. And yes, I do know how to IPL Linux in an LPAR from CD.
I don't know how to create an ISO image that the mainframe considers
bootable; but if you point me to an ISO image I can burn a copy onto CD
and IPL the thing and let you know if it came up OK. I also have z/VM
5.4.0 and can install in a virtual machine under z/VM. That's how I
normally do it. z/VM's LPAR has a dedicated IFL processor, and that is
it's only processor. The other LPARs, including my test LPAR,
share a standard processor.
I'm currently working on a "how to" document that explains how to get
the high-performance DASD DIAG driver to work under Debian. I'll post
a link to it on this list when I'm done.