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Offline adrian82

Debian m68k port has come back to life!
« on: December 25, 2012, 12:00:32 AM »
Hey there,

for anyone out there who wants to be able to run a decent Linux distribution on their m68k Amigas there are very good news from the Debian project. After being (virtually) dead for years, we have finally been able to restore the first build-daemon for the m68k architecture, meaning that from now on new packages are being built for this architecture and anyone wanting to use Linux on their Amigas are now able to install the first (automatically) updated packages.

For more information, please see here:

http://grep.be/blog/en/computer/debian/m68k/arrakis

We are looking for more people who would like to get involved into the m68k port. If you want to join, please subscribe and post to our mailing list:

http://lists.debian.org/debian-68k/

You can also join us in IRC: #debian-68k on the OFTC networks (irc.oftc.net).

See you there!

Cheers,

Adrian
Debian Developer
- Amiga 1200 w/ Blizzard 1220/4 - ACA-1230/56MHz/64MB, OS3.9 + Debian unstable, Squirrel SCSI + CD-Writer and 160GB HDD
- Amiga 2000 ECS with A2090 and Genlock, OS 3.1
- Amiga 2000 with Blizzard 68060/128 MiB FastRAM
- Amiga 4000 Tower with Blizzard 68060/128 MiB FastRAM
- 2x Amiga 4000 with unknown accelerators
- 4x Amiga 500, Protar A500HD 2MB, C= A590 2MB, OS3.1
- Amiga 600 Standard + A601, OS3.1
- several 68k Macs
- Atari ST Mega
- 68k VME lab computer with 68030
 

Offline prowler

Re: Debian m68k port has come back to life!
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2012, 08:38:47 AM »
What hardware base is required for the build being worked on atm (RAM/CPU etc)? I am guessing MMU+FPU will be required?
 

Offline adrian82

Re: Debian m68k port has come back to life!
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2012, 02:27:16 PM »
Quote from: prowler;720272
What hardware base is required for the build being worked on atm (RAM/CPU etc)? I am guessing MMU+FPU will be required?


You will need an 68k CPU which supports an MMU which means you have to have a 68020 plus the additional MMU or better. An FPU is optional, but highly recommended. Plus, you need at least 32MB of memory (FastMem excluding ChipMem).

I am currently trying to install Debian m68k on my Amiga 1200 with an ACA-1230/50/64MB Fast which sports a 68030 with integrated MMU but without an external FPU without success. I am not sure whether it's related to the missing FPU (the kernel itself doesn't require an FPU and provides FPU emulation for applications requiring one) or a different bug. But we are working to get Linux back running on most 68k hardware.

Cheers,

Adrian
- Amiga 1200 w/ Blizzard 1220/4 - ACA-1230/56MHz/64MB, OS3.9 + Debian unstable, Squirrel SCSI + CD-Writer and 160GB HDD
- Amiga 2000 ECS with A2090 and Genlock, OS 3.1
- Amiga 2000 with Blizzard 68060/128 MiB FastRAM
- Amiga 4000 Tower with Blizzard 68060/128 MiB FastRAM
- 2x Amiga 4000 with unknown accelerators
- 4x Amiga 500, Protar A500HD 2MB, C= A590 2MB, OS3.1
- Amiga 600 Standard + A601, OS3.1
- several 68k Macs
- Atari ST Mega
- 68k VME lab computer with 68030
 

Offline magnetic

Re: Debian m68k port has come back to life!
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2012, 06:48:42 AM »
Awesome news! thanks for your work. Can you run X on amiga? Firefox? See my spec in my sig what would be possible?

My friend Sven Luther used to be the kernel maintainter for Debian on amiga PPC and then Pegasos.. maybe get in touch with him as well?
bPlan Pegasos2 G4@1ghz
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Offline apa

Re: Debian m68k port has come back to life!
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 01:10:04 PM »
Congrats! A fresh Linux on our Amigas in 2012. Fantastic.(and we also have netbsd)