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Work continues on sparc32 (I've focused almost entirely on it since my return from LinuxWorld).

Several stupid mistakes were present in the sparc32-BOOT kernel. Hopefully, I've got them all cleaned out now.

Also fixed the issue with serial installs not having ttyS0 in /etc/securetty (new setup RPM) and fixed the lingering tty bug in anaconda. Now, I'm just waiting for the kernel to finish rebuilding, and I'm going to do another sparc32 ISO spin. No, you can't have it now, its REALLY not ready for prime time.

Oh yes. I also re-enabled RAID5 in the BOOT kernels, and demodularized usb-ohci in the sparc64 BOOT kernel to see if it makes the keyboard magically work (since including the module in the initrd did NOT do the trick, as hoped). But I'm going to hold off on a sparc64 respin for a little while, so I can focus on sparc32. Maybe tomorrow evening.

1 Aug 2002 (updated 1 Aug 2002 at 19:02 UTC) »


"What? UltraSPARCs have SCSI?" ;)

Seriously though. I'm really really close to having ISOs I'm happy with for LinuxWorld. Jeremy helped point out the missing ioctl that was breaking the installs from yesterday, and I've been doing post-install cleanups all day today.

One big thing that was missing: the esp driver in the initrd. Thats useful for most UltraSPARCs, honest.

Box at home is definitely a dual Ultra 60. No cdrom in it though. Time to bring the external CDROM drive home. :)

I feel much better now that I've seen it install successfully on the Ultra 10.


*bangs head on wall* So close, and yet so far. The ISO boots (the biggest hurdle, really) kicks off the installer, gets all the way up to installing packages, and tracebacks. Thought the changeloop patch would resolve this issue, but apparently, it does not.

Acquired an Ultra 60 last night. The individual who gave it to me said it was a dual 30, but the case says its a 60. Haven't booted it up yet to check.

Starting to get concerned about whether or not the sparc64 cds will be ready by Linuxworld... :/


yup, that was me. NCSSM, class of '98.

I'm not terribly big on the bar scene, and while I enjoy a good game of pool, I dislike doing so in a smoke filled environment. That tends to cancel out a LOT of the options in Raleigh/Durham. If you know of a place that fits the bill, by all means, let me know. :)

I didn't even think about Sushi on the last post... Raleigh has some excellent Sushi restaurants (Sushi Blues, Waraji, Sushi Thai, Sushi Tsune).


I'm holding off on Aurora posts for today, waiting for ISO respin.


Must see in Raleigh? There's nothing really in Raleigh worth seeing. I've lived in the Raleigh/Durham area for 6 years now, and besides some mildly amusing museums, a couple of half-decent restaurants, an IMAX theater, a mega-mall, and a few lakes, theres nothing really memorable.

There is also a little software company called Red Hat, but even that isn't terribly intriguing for most tourists.


Man. What a difference a month makes. In the course of a month, 20 bugs went to 10, then to 5, and now to 3.

One of the bugs is erratic (the installer freezes right as it tries to format, but it doesn't always do it). The other two (parted can't make a sun fs label) and (network cards don't autodetect in stage 1) are able to be worked around. All the graphics and help text has been redone, although, I'm sure the help text is... interesting in a few places. X configuration in the installer WORKS on my u10, which is shocking. And to top that off, text mode works too. I caught another bug in the 0.3 tree that I'm fixing now, and Jeremy suspects the erratic hard locks are kernel (VM) related, but it looks really really good. We're starting to talk about iso creation/testing good.

Good stuff. I just hope we can have it ready for LinuxWorld in 2 weeks.

To be clear, all of this is for sparc64. Sparc32 comes next.

And in slightly Aurora related news:

Congratulations go out to Ingo T. Storm, who is the proud father of a healthy baby boy. Don't stress over that HOWTO, we might not need it after all. ;)


If it wasn't for "work", I'd have lots of time to dedicate to Aurora stuff. ;)

I gave a very impromptu presentation on the origins of Aurora SPARC Linux, and the motivations that lead to its creation. I suspect strongly that I bored the audience to tears, but hey.

The good news? Two days ago, I did the first successful local "install" of Aurora, onto my U10. The installer didn't have silo in the base group in the comps file, so when it tried to run its silo magic to initialize the bootloader, anaconda tracebacked, but I was able to switch to the shell and install/run silo manually, and the system came up clean. Albeit, this is with the "base" set of packages only, and I haven't started to test X configuration through anaconda, but this is a huge huge step. Jeremy said he fixed the silo issues that we uncovered, so if I have time today, I'll try another install with the most current version of the auroraconda tree.

Mind you, this is still a ways off from "isos", so don't rush me with emails asking for that.

I've also been somewhat idly poking the 0.3 kernel with experimental optimizations, like the 0(1) scheduler port, rml's lowlatency patch port, and the super_page patch. I'm not sure I'll keep any of these things in the mainline Aurora kernel, but I might make a custom kernel available for people who are longing for such things.

Thanks to the people who emailed me about the font ugliness on "Limbo".

To answer the most common question sent to me that was unrelated to my question, the theme that I'm using is called "Default". I'm sure it has another name, but i suspect it was done by Red Hat specifically for the beta/next release.

The fix ended up being as simple as installing the 75 & 100 dpi font packages. Apparently, they're not installed by default. :/ Thanks go out to Seth Vidal for being the one who caught it.


Built glibc 2.2.90 from Limbo on a whim today, worked without incident. Wild stuff.

Starting to think about Linuxworld. I'm going to try to get a lunchbox working (maybe an LX?) and a pizzabox. If anyone has a specific sparc they'd like to see, let me know. And yeah, we'd all like to see an E10K, but the fastest box I have access to is an Ultra 10 (and I don't think that RH wants me shipping it to San Fran). Hmm, I've got an U1, a U2 (smp), a SS20, a couple of SS5s, and a mildly flaky SS2. I don't think I'll ship the SS2, it would probably die in route. Maybe the U2, just to see the many penguins on startup. ;)


Build 0.3 is out the door, finally. When I get a chance to catch my breath, I'm sure I'll find bugs or packages that didn't get built.


I installed the new Red Hat Public Beta, Limbo last night, and I like parts of it, but the fonts in Gnome2 are horrid. Where I can configure the fonts, I can fix things, but in other places, where I can't, its either wholly unusable, or incredibly bloated looking.

Take a look at this: Screenshot

Notice how xchat's text window font is fairly decent, but the giant bloated font appears in all of the menus, and throughout Gaim. Gaim appears to have far more serious font issues, since I can't see any text sent to me.

If anyone knows how to resolve this specific ugliness (and no, I'm not really interested in "use KDE" or "don't use $WM, use $WM"), please drop me an email: tcallawa@redhat.com

Also, if you need a pass to LinuxWorld in San Fran, email me. I have about 400.

30 Jun 2002 (updated 30 Jun 2002 at 15:33 UTC) »


We're close. I promise. I'm pushing as hard as i can to get these last errata packages to build. Stupid mozilla.

And now, for your viewing amusement:

Rule #1 of online behavior: When drunk, don't get online.
Rule #2 of online behavior: If you choose to ignore rule #1, don't get on IRC or any other chat medium.
Rule #3 of online behavior: If you ignore both rule #1 & #2, be prepared to be publicly heckled.

log starts @ ~04:59:33

<ottorongo> WHAT'S UP
<tarzeau> do you have a sparc?
<ottorongo> yes
<ottorongo> I have a few
<ottorongo> but honestly I'm not here to talk about sparc
<ottorongo> I am gears
<ottorongo> of fame from lilofree.net
<ottorongo> not sure why the fame
<ottorongo> but I am drunk
<ottorongo> and I just wanted tos ay
<ottorongo> say
<ottorongo> fuck lilo
<ottorongo> fuck that fucker
<ottorongo> right in the ass
<ottorongo> what a fucker eh?
<ottorongo> don't you agree?
<ottorongo> come on I'll talk about sparc if you agree
--> sonic (sonic@psycho.slavetothe.net) has joined #sparc
<ottorongo> come on
<ottorongo> c'monnnn!!!
<tarzeau> lilo is kaput, that's all
<tarzeau> someone should fix it
<ottorongo> awesome
<tarzeau> we use silo here
<ottorongo> so anyway I have 2 sparc 5's and a sparc 20
<tarzeau> capitalist!
<ottorongo> ah
<ottorongo> I use netbsd
<ottorongo> on sparc
<ottorongo> anyway
<ottorongo> I like how linux has that uhhjh
<tarzeau> i use debian gnu/linux (sid) on my sparc classic
<ottorongo> framebuffer penguin
<ottorongo> later
<sonic> i heard lilo was the leader of the "candyman" child pedophile porno ring
<-- ottorongo (gears@linuxos.org) has left #sparc
<-- sonic (sonic@psycho.slavetothe.net) has left #sparc

log ends

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, lilofree.net. Take a bow.

Lord knows, we could all do without the wallops, but at least opn's admins are mostly sober.

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