I have recently leased a couple of Sun Sparc IPXes as dedicated
servers from an ISP (netmar.com). The main reason I went with netmar
was because I could install whatever OS I wanted to over the serial
console. They have the console running through a terminal server with
access through ssh.
The staff at netmar was kind enough to test the install for me before
turning it over to me. Here is a summary of some of the problems he
ran into. I was hoping someone familiar with debian-sparc could give
me some pointers. Of course, none of this knowlege is first hand.
Staff Account <email@example.com> writes:
> I've setup RARP and TFTP service on the network.
> You should be able to boot off the network. However, it appears
> that Debian defaults to using the on-board video if it finds it (yours
> has one built in that can't be removed), and thus won't use the actual
> console device (serial port). I took the liberty of also downloading the
> latest Redhat image (which for sparc is 6.2). That booted up fine, and
> used the default console device, rather than trying to use the video
> so that it could display PC-like white-on-black text.
> Now, I currently have the RARP/TFTP server setup to feed your machines the Debian,
> boot image. But like I said, I don't think that'll work (it didn't on two test
> machines I tried). I recommend redhat (largely because it worked on my test).
> The Debian boots that didn't work forced me to go power cycle the machine--
> it wouldn't even respond to BREAK's (CTRL-\ b). But you're welcome to try.
I don't want to subscribe to the list until I actually have a sparc
running debian (or commit to getting one running debian). So, please
cc your replies to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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