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Linux on POWER
« on: June 18, 2008, 03:38:34 PM »
I am trying to find a download site for Linux for POWER..Is there such a place?

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2008, 06:56:35 PM »
Not that I personally know of, other than some links from SUSE/Novell and Redhat.

I have been considering starting such a service, but been waiting a bit for demand.

Anything in particular you are looking for?

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2008, 03:41:57 PM »
I have installed Debian and CentOS flavors of linux on a POWER5 server before, though in a LPAR only. Personally, I perfer running the debian install as it has better repositories for what I need. I am sure that CentOS has some good repos but they do not have what I need.

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2008, 09:12:16 PM »
Have you got a link for the debian install for Linux on Power. For a while at least, SUSE (or Novell) offered an integrated stack. There should still be a bookmark to where that was.

With the new VIOS (1.5+) you can install directly from the iso file - exported as a cd/dvd.

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2008, 10:18:45 PM »
Right now the Debian install is a two step process to get a native 64bit userland.
The instructions for installing it is here, kludgy but it works. Reminder that the 64bit version is still in testing stage as I have not found the stable version to be as reliable on my VIO server, but it could have been that it was my fist attempt at working on a LPAR.

http://hanzubon.jp/mirrors/Debian/debian-ppc64/



Additionally the alioth project is working on porting the installer to 64bit to bypass the 32bit install portion.

http://alioth.debian.org/projects/debian-ppc64/


Here is the 32bit install iso location, make sure you grab the ppc version.
http://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/#stable

I will look to see if I had to any thing odd that I had to do to get this installed.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2008, 03:04:46 PM by mosburn »

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2008, 12:16:33 PM »
I changed the URL you listed to a clickable URL - however, I do not see any installables, or .iso images to download. What am I doing wrong?

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2008, 01:16:43 PM »
I added a new article - currently with a link on the front page - to the Novell (SUSE) Integrated stack environment. This is a 60-day support Evaluation version. If you buy it, you get additional support. If you do not buy it, there is no continued support.

Edit: unfortunately, shortly after the article the ISSLE package was withdrawn.
« Last Edit: October 31, 2008, 10:18:01 AM by Michael »

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2008, 03:06:45 PM »
I forgot to add the 32bit install iso location to the previous post. It is there now at the end. Once the alioth project releases a full install with out having to do the 32bit work arround I will post a link to the 64bit install.

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2008, 05:23:15 AM »
Thx for the extra link. btw on the alioth sourgeforge site there is nothing to see on their progress. It states "planning" phase. Most of the other references I saw was only for getting it started on ppc64 on "older" mac's, i.e. pre-intel days.

When I follow the link I see several DVD images I need to download. Do you know if it is possible to do an install using only the first DVD image - for testing purposes? I am not so worried at this moment about being in 32 or 64 bit mode. That is just icing on the cake. First I need to taste the cake.
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« Last Edit: June 26, 2008, 05:31:40 AM by Michael »

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2008, 05:49:57 AM »
I see openSUSE has a new release 11.0, and there is a DVD (or CD's) for POWER.

Check http://software.opensuse.org/ for a click to select and download approach.

And the fedoraproject (redhat) also has a download page.

Checkout: http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora
« Last Edit: June 26, 2008, 05:57:58 AM by Michael »

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2008, 02:42:42 PM »
If that server has an internet connection you only need to grab the first one. There is also some mini isos out there (120M) that you can use to install everything from the internet. Personally I find it just a bit quicker to install via dvd then update and install what I want from the network repositories.

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Re: Linux on POWER
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2008, 01:56:07 PM »
About Debian on power.

When I follow the link I see several DVD images I need to download. Do you know if it is possible to do an install using only the first DVD image - for testing purposes? I am not so worried at this moment about being in 32 or 64 bit mode. That is just icing on the cake. First I need to taste the cake.

You don't need to download a whole DVD. It is sufficient to only download e.g.
http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r4a/powerpc/iso-cd/debian-40r4a-powerpc-businesscard.iso
and then install it.
Please note that with this version there are a couple of problems:
1. virtual optical drive install won't work
2. no tty on your virtual console (in HMC)
Solution: install a more current version of Debian. The current version of testing works mostly fine (version 8 september 2008) altough the virtual console still has an issue.
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/powerpc/iso-cd/debian-testing-powerpc-businesscard.iso
One note: you should make sure that the 'openssh-server' package is installed too. This because the earlier mentioned console issue: it has two getty processes listening on it so that logging in (and entering commands) is a bit of an issue. Logging in via ssh works fine.

http://www.vanheusden.com/aix/