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RE: How Can I Help (was Installing Debian on an Ultra 5)

On Tue, 13 Jun 2006, Kevin Fullerton wrote:

From the Debian SPARC ports page (http://www.debian.org/ports/sparc/#who) it
says to chime in to see if there's any help needed with the SPARC port so,
here I am, chiming in.  Not sure how or what I can do to help, but I'm
certainly eager to learn :)

Here are some ideas:

* Watch the sparc buildd status page at


Examine the build failures trying to determine whether the problem is sparc specific and anything can be done about it. Gather the information about the feasibility of porting (if it is required) or arguments against porting, update the wiki page at http://wiki.debian.org/SparcPorting appropriately.

* Test the daily installer builds, file installation reports if someting goes wrong.

* There is an effort to do the daily builds of the kernel packages from svn for testing and to catch the build failures early. Sparc is currently not participating in it. If you have an idle box, setting it up to do the daily builds and test them would be a nice idea.

* On Ultra 5 there are some unknown issues with xorg. I was able to set up working X with the ATI card there, others failed. I have no idea why, if you have a monitor hooked up to your box you can try to figure it out. See recent thread on debian-sparc mailing list.

Best regards,

Jurij Smakov                                        jurij@wooyd.org
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