So, this means that those Emergency Mode distributions are not strictly required, right?
To be honest on one of my KuroPros I had destroyed the EM mode distro (through my own idiocy) for a long time. I just used the serial console/uboot console to do recovery. The same would apply for uboot with a PPC linkstation/kuro
Hummm, I see. So, if it is harmless to use those Emergency Mode distributions (I'm still making up my mind), I may just do that.
I have already mailed Manoj Srivasta, the maintainer of kernel-package, regarding the possibility of including this extra feature. I am very motivated to make the PowerPC port of Debian be strong.
Part of the problem is that people would need to uboot thier PPC linkstation/kuro first, which is alot to ask from a newb type end user. Hell, I had alot of reservations and still don't have a "production" PPC machine I use that is Ubooted. Also whether or not there would need to be different kernels or not for HG vs HD (probably not)
Yes, I know. But providing simple instructions and precompiled binaries, they would be more motivated. Like, for instance, CuriousMark noted in his post, he was daunted by the task and procrastinated for a long time, since there were only instructions of the type "do-it-yourself", from the sources (and patching). If this whole knowledge could be put in a systematic way (by scripts for building packages, done by developers), more people would try it. And not only the Kuros, but the other platforms as well.
I'm all for getting binaries first, have a working system and then teach the user the details, if he is so inclined. This is, BTW, the route that I want to go. First, get the binaries, then, get a system recent enough working. Then, study the sources, see which patches have been integrated upstream and automatize the things. And get them included into Debian.
In fact, this way of progressing is what got Ubuntu to be as popular as it is. And with it, more people were introduced to some Unix utilities and, more importantly, the way of thinking...
So, the option would be to use the 220.127.116.11 firmimg.bin (if necessary), right? And is it necessary?
Looking at your level of ability, professor
How did you discover that?
Did I send any link which revealed that? Did you search on Google?
Anyway, I am mostly a Theoretical Computer Scientist/Mathematician. Not a hacker "per se". This explains my slow "modus operandi".
I want to be sure that I'm progressing with firm steps.
It should be easy for you to makeup a recent uboot (this was beyond my personal abilities) but I know there are precompiled 1.2 versions floating around as well (I think you referenced one in your original post). That way you could use the 18.104.22.168 firmimg.bin or Foonas-EM if you were so inclined to have an EM distribution installed somewhere.
I first want to use the binaries. Then, I plan on writing up a paper (meant, perhaps, for a presentation on the next Debconf in Extremadura) describing all the steps, the background on this flavor of the architecture, differing aspects related to ia32 etc. I guess that it will be a long write up, in a manual fashion, first describing the quick way of getting things done and, then, detailing how everything was put together.
Thanks, Rogério Brito.