Re: how stable is debian sparc?
"Craig" == Craig Sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Craig> 2. try out the debian sparc port. i can only do this,
Craig> however, if it's reasonably stable (i.e it doesn't crash
Craig> randomly - crashing if i do stupid things is sort of ok).
It is stable. My SS20 was was up about a month before I took it down
to install the teardrop patch. This is with 2.0.27 and 1500 users,
of which theres usually 30 logged in and using pine during the day.
Craig> machine on site so i can experiment with porting the web server
Craig> machines (3 sparc/solaris boxes running netscape server) to
Craig> debian and apache.
I don't know if Netscape makes a sparclinux version of their server,
but I know Apache 1.2 and 1.3a work fine with it -- if you link
with libc5. A problem with libc6 prevents it from working at the
Craig> of primary importance, though, is the radius server. is
Craig> debian/sparc stable enough to run this - is it stable enough to
Craig> run an ISPs main authentication server on?
I've had no problems running radiusd-merit.
Craig> if it is, my second question is: is it stable enough to take a
Craig> bit of light experimentation with apache (including bringing
Craig> ip_alias interfaces up and down for virtual hosts) as well?
Yes if you compile the ip_alias support in -- I've had an intermittent
problem getting it to load as a module. Also the later 2.1.x kernels
work fine if aliasing is not enabled, otherwise it crashes within 3
days max. But 2.0.27 can run 55 aliases indefinitely, it seems. :-)
Craig> debian onto a sparc2 box? can debian install itself onto a
Craig> sparc or should i buy a copy of redhat first, and then convert
Debian will install -- I did the NFS install from hamm/disks-sparc,
then used a boot disk to silo the kernel into place.
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