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Re: sparc hardware added to boot-floppies Installation Manual

Adam Di Carlo <adam@onshore.com> writes:

> I've added some SPARC info on the hardware requirements and
> capabilities of the sparc boot-floppies to the Installation Manual.
> I don't have a sparc so I'm working blind off the
> kernel-image-2.0.35-2 for sparc, the S/Linux FAQ, and even the S/Linux
> 2.0.35 kernel patch diffs.

> If someone knowledgable about these matters could review
>  http://www.debian.org/~aph/boot-floppies/sparc/install.html

> especially

>  http://www.debian.org/~aph/boot-floppies/sparc/ch-hardware-req.html

: Debian 2.1 supports four architectures: Intel x86-based architectures;
: Motorola 680x0 machines such as Atari, Amiga, and Macintoshes; DEC
: Alpha machines, and SPARC machines. These are referred to as i386,
: m68k, and alpha, respectively.

That last line should read:

  m68k, alpha, and sparc, respectively.

> Make me happy, patch the SGML sources:

>  http://www.debian.org/~aph/boot-floppies/source/

> But comments in any form accepted.

> Still to do are nfsroot, tftp/rarp booting, silo, etc etc etc.

There are still some yet to be determined details.  We will have
UltraSparc support in slink, but I don't know if the floppies will
work on those architectures.  I'm having little luck with floppies.  I
can't get anything to boot in the Ultras - not even the UltraPenguin

I will be working with Eric on the CDROM image - it should be able to
autodetect the platform and boot the right kernel, but the user will
still have to select the right resc/drv images during the installation


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