I FINALLY got this to work, i have a short step by step procedure for the potato cd's to boot and work on the Sun netra t1 105 platform. this is unique because it has no floppy no keyboard, mouse or vga. just 2 serial ports, 2 100mbit ports, one power supply and one cdrom.
Also, when i do apt-get install ssh it downloads a ssh1 implementation, i got around that by downloading openssl and openssh and compiling from scratch.
Running Debian (potato) on a Sun Netra T1 105
Download the iso images from a reputable source or purchase them online
power on the sun box, at the ok prompt type:
"ok boot cdrom"
when silo asks you to select scsi, ide or other, hit "i" for IDE
the bootable CD should startup the installation scripts.
it will give you a nasty error about tty4, it is a REAL pain in the ass, but
if you let it sit for 20 minutes it will become far less frequent.
use the installer to partition the drives, mount the filesystem and copy the kernel and base config.
the base configuratoin will fail, but won't tell you, but thats ok.
once you have configured the kernel, network and base, go to "execute a shell"
from there, type "chroot /target"
type passwd and enter your new password for root.
also, add a user by editing the /etc/passwd and /etc/group
I did somethingk like this:
and for group:
you will now have to edit the inittab
comment out the getty lines(all of them) except for the following:
T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyS0 9600 vt100
T1:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyS1 9600 vt100
these will enable you to use the serial ports to login.
ok boot /pci/pci@1,1/scsi/disk@0,0:a
this will,i assume, boot the first partition of the first scsi disk, which is where i installed linux.
login using the user you created and then su and away you go!