I had the chance to spend a few hours installing plain 7.3 on a Motorola
PowerStack Series E with 64MB RAM and a 604 CPU.
Not a whole lot of time, but I noticed a few things up to now that may be of
interest as I couldn't find comments anywhere on these topics.
- While I could boot the first CD, the machine froze after the message
"Uncompressing" when trying to set up the RAMDISK. Couldn't find a way
to get around this. Is the PReP CD boot kernel known to be broken?
- I used some very old (6.4?) install disks I still had somewhere to boot a kernel
far enough to get to the 7.3 CDs. Didn't have much success putting the kernel image
available with 7.3 onto floppy disks. They are apparently larger than 1.44MB.
- The PowerStack in question was AIX formatted. The install process will not
allow partitioning and will not(!) issue an error message. I used a separate
virtual console to manually pre-partition the disk to a DOS empty state to
be able to install the system. Took me a while to figure that out.
- Debian documents a "bootargs" PPCBUG variable which apparently the SuSE
kernel doesn't support. I hacked the kernel content for the root partition name.
Would be nice though if it supported bootargs.
- /usr/X11R6/bin/sax doesn't exist. Well, sax.sh does, but that's not what sax2
tells me. Anyway, XF86 V3/4 apparently isn't set up to support the Cirrus chipset
as both sax and sax2 freeze the machine with a black screen eventually.
Interesting enough, X itself starts up in 640*480with FBDev on top of CLgen,cfb8
but sax/sax2 won't ever. X freezes up the machine *very* easily on just a few
mouse clicks. I guess for now I have to avoid X.
- "halt" doesn't. The machine will reboot and doesn't stop. Actually, no PPC
kernel ever halted on the PowerStacks that I tried. Wonder why.
Ok, maybe some of this helps others, maybe you also have some input that could