Subject: Re: console boot floppies for 1.5.1? (would be nice)
To: None <>
From: Bucketmouth Frogstump <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 04/02/2001 12:47:25
>Ideally, it would be nice if a 3000/300 class machine could come up
>running on the monitor rather than being forced into a serial >terminal.
>That would seem to require a second set of boot floppies and a >kern.tgz
>with both kernels available, and some way to force either at the tail
>end of the install.

I did this for 1.5 and I never did get to test if it was possible to have a 
common install/generic kernel that could support tcwscons features without 
breaking existing console support for other machines. I'm a bit short on 
non-3000 series Alphas around here that I can test such things on.

It'd be nice if someone else could try building even just an install kernel 
with the Turbochannel options included and seeing if it breaks other 
machines. If nobody else is up for it, I'll take a shot, but I'm not in love 
with the idea of doing all that compiling again on a 120Mhz 3000/300.

(I wonder if they'd notice if I borrowed one of the DS10s over easter ... 
hmm, there's a thought ...)

But yes, count me in as one person who thinks that being able to boot a 3000 
from standard install binaries without a serial cable is a good idea.

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