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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2003 3:05 am    Post subject: About to try Gentoo on Alphaserver 1000 Reply with quote

Wish me luck 8O ...

I figured others might want to try it someday. The AS/1000 is quite an old machine but I hate to see it go to waste. Here's what I plan to do, I will document as I go if it works.

Using jumpstart ISO modified with the stage1 and 2 files in it (not sure which I'm going to use yet). I see there is some sort of test iso but I'm just going to give the Jumpstart iso a try.

I have a 2.73 firmware (old and non-upgradeable without flash chip upgrade) DAC960-PU, with quite a few 4 gb drives. I have 2 of the 4gb as a mirror which is planned to be root. The rest are RAID 5 as data storage. (Would have gotten linux on today if it wasn't for those damn slow Mylex utilities). Inside the Alphaserver on a Qlogic ISP-1020 are 3 solid state 134 mb ram-drives (something like 10 grand each when they were purchased) functioning as swap. There are also 3 2gigabyte drives which I don't have planned for anything on the completed system.

I plan to use one of the 2gb drives to make a boot partition for SRM, as I believe aboot doesn't handle HW-RAID booting. Another will function as my initial root mount, as I want to build a fresh kernel BEFORE I move stuff onto the RAID card.

I will post here on how it goes. I hope that someone else with a system like mine can hopefully benefit from this.

A note: you need a registered WinISO to modify the Jumpstart ISO. I'm not sure if there are any free programs that do that, as I already had WinISO.

A few links:

Jumpstart ISOs: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jumpstart
WinISO for modifying jumpstart ISO: http://www.winiso.com
Gentoo Alpha directory: http://gentoo.oregonstate.edu/releases/1.4_rc1/alpha/
Useful post here: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=15678
Useful ABOOT tutorial: http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/SRM-HOWTO/aboot.html
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2003 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if this works maybe someday I'll put Linux on the DS25 sitting next to it... :?
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2003 5:14 am    Post subject: Who needs luck.. :) Reply with quote

Let me know if you run into any trouble, I have gentoo running here on a AS/5305. Only trouble I currently have is a little video corruption in X which I have yet to figure out. Other than that, this thing is running quite solid. I've also been using the Compaq C compiler and libraries. So I may be able to help with those if you run into a hitch.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2003 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: About to try Gentoo on Alphaserver 1000 Reply with quote

Alek wrote:

Using jumpstart ISO modified with the stage1 and 2 files in it (not sure which I'm going to use yet). I see there is some sort of test iso but I'm just going to give the Jumpstart iso a try.


The test iso in there works great, and is much more up to date than jumpstart, which sucks anyway. I would reccomend using the Gentoo iso over jumpstart.
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