|| ||"Tom 'spot' Callaway" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||[ANNOUNCE] Build 0.32 (Nashville) releases|
|| ||Sat, 31 Aug 2002 10:25:45 -0400 (EDT)|
|| ||email@example.com, <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
The Aurora SPARC Linux Project is proud to announce Build 0.32
(Nashville) to the world. This is the first release with a fully
functional installer for both sparc32 (sun4c/sun4m) and sparc64 (sun4u).
Aside from the installer, the code base has changed little, with the
exception of the added patches to support UltraSPARC III+ based machines.
The installer has been significantly improved, so if you installed 0.31,
please strongly consider installing 0.32 instead.
The ISO images are multi-boot enabled, aka, you can use the same iso set
for sparc32 & sparc64.
This build is to be considered BETA. Like all the other Aurora builds.
This release has some known bugs:
- mouseconfig fails at the end of the install. this is broken in kudzu.
The first thing you probably want to do post-install is run mouseconfig as
root. That should resolve it.
- sun4d machines probably won't work. The last several reports I received
stated that the 2.4 kernel is in a bad state on these machines, and I have
no sun4d machines to test on.
- KDE seems to want to use /dev/dsp, and this doesn't seem to work. I
don't use KDE much, so this is low priority. If you fix it, and send me
the patch, and it looks sane, I'll apply it. I suspect this is an issue on
the kernel level with the audio drivers. /dev/audio works just fine.
- Swapon segfauls on sparc32 SMP, yet still seems to work. *shrug*
- The floppy image (boot64.img/boot32.img) is waaay too big for a floppy
disk. Most SPARCs don't have working floppy drives anyway. Its included
mostly for reference. There is a way to get around this, basically by
splitting the floppy image into "boot64/32.img" and "initrd64/32.img", so
that its a two disk process, but again, thats for a later release.
- There might still be sections of the installer, especially Text and
Serial that refer to Aurora as (C) Red Hat, Inc. Aurora is NOT a product of Red
Hat, Inc. If you find one of these lingering references let me know.
- SPARCs don't generally like ISOs burned at high speeds. I had the most
success burning at 12X or lower. Your mileage may vary. If you are getting
screens full of DMA timeout messages, try reburning at a lower speed.
- Some of the language translations may be really really off. If you catch
something mistranslated or wrong, please please please send me a fix.
Downloads are available at the usual locations:
Wanna be a mirror? Found a bug in the tree? Something missing/corrupt?
Email me: email@example.com
Ultra 2, Ultra 10, Sun Blade 100, SparcStation 20, SparcStation 2
Install methods: Serial (works)
HD (not tested, no idea if it works or not)
Floppy (does not work, floppy image too large)
Thank yous go out to:
Ed Halley, for doing all the art in the installer (that you actually get
to see now!).
Jeremy Katz, for not killing me when i asked installer questions after
taking over the work.
Ingo T. Storm, for tireless devotion to Aurora.
Robr, for carrying that heavy box.
Jakub Jelinek, for multi-lib.
Dave Miller, for fixing the UltraSPARC III+.
Uzi, for supporting the community within Sun.
Tom Duffy, for reminding me about UFS at the last minute.
Everyone on aurora-sparc-devel & aurora-sparc-user.
the Aurora SPARC Project lives at:
Tom "spot" Callaway <tcallawa(a)redhat*com> Red Hat Sales Engineer
Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator (LCA)
Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
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