Re: Sparc20 and kernel 2.4.7: problem to boot
Joël Soete wrote:
I found an old Sun Sparc20 station with dual processor, 64Mb of mem and 2
disk of 1Gb.
I successfully install the last Debian "potato (r3)".
As it is a dual processor, I would like to test kernel 2.4 with
I first try to boot with unstable package
"kernel-image-2.4.7-sun4u_14_sparc.deb" (and update libc6 and modutils).
But SILO failed to load kernel: "decompressing error, uncompress image too
long, wouldn't fir into destination".
Being newbee on Sparc Linux, all advises will be well come.
I think "u" from sun4u in the package name stands for Ultra, as in
UltraSparc. The ss20 is a sun4m machine. I don't think there are
prepackaged 2.4 kernel debs that work with ss20.
I also have a dual cpu ss20 and I grabbed the sources from cvs on
vger.samba.org (you can find info on how to do it from the web page at
that host). I can't really attest as to the stability of 2.4 on this
machine since I just did it a couple days ago but it's running fine so far.
If you do decide to do this, I recommend configuring as little as
possible as modules and definitely don't enable sound as modules. I
couldn't get the kernel to compile at all when I tried that.