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Re: how stable is debian sparc?

On Tue, 25 Nov 1997, Johnie Ingram wrote:

> "Craig" == Craig Sanders <cas@taz.net.au> 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.

perfect!  exactly what i wanted to hear.  that sparc2 is going to be a
debian box.

> 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,

i want to replace the netscape server with apache (but i have to get it
all working on another machine before i even *think* about installing
apache on the existing web servers), so i don't particularly care
whether netscape have a sparclinux version or not :-)

ultimately i'd like to convert the web servers to debian/sparc too, but
i'm not even seriously thinking about that yet - i need to have a feel
for how stable it is before i spend any time planning such a drastic
change. which is why i want to put debian on the sparc2 - it'll do it's
job as the radius server and give me a debian sparc box to experiment

> 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
> moment.

is that just apache?  or a problem with libc6 on sparc boxes in general?

> 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.

how'd you get it to boot initially?  bootp and then tftp the kernel?

is there a howto or some notes somewhere on how to bootstrap linux or
debian onto a sparc?

i'll have to start mirroring the binary-sparc directories now...


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