Re: General stuff.. DS3000
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I still run Slackware on my primary get-things-done (boaring) Intel box. I don't really see any reason to change.So, after a long hiatus, I'm back. Someone off the list was so kind as to send me a set of slackware official disks, plus some beef up packages. I installed them on my Digital Server 3000. The install worked, but X seems to be broke on S3 (?!) Tried compiling xorg 6.9. filed bug #7700. I then found out the sed included with the disto was zero size. Yesterday I finally got sed working. so, I tried xorg again, and it got much further than it had before. Compile died during the mesa stuff. I disabled that, and now it's barfing on fontconfig ( I can post a log if anyone wants to suggest a fix...) ... stuff deleted ... and finally alphaslack www.alphaslack.de has anyone tried this? does it run, and run well? is there anything really broke on it? Buck Rekow
I hang out here because this is where Alpha gets discussed. This is a polite group where being a little off topic doesn't get you flames. I've seen VMS questions answered and Solaris discussed here. We're unlikly to "catch it" for talking a little slack in moderation from time to time.
I currently run the last (never completed) Alpha Slackware downloaded from the Slackware site just before the project was canceled. Somewhere allong the line, when newer Slackware versions came out, I thought it would be interesting and usefull to recompile for Alpha. I discovered that a while great many packages would rebuild cleanly with at most minor tweaks, some wouldn't. So I got bogged down in some chicken-and-egg patch hunting trying to rebuild the tool chain. I did, once, send a set of CDs of what I had to somebody on this list.
I dabbled for a while with Linux-From-Scratch on the AS200, there is a bunch of good info there on how they solved chicken-and-egg problems. I thought I might use their toolchain to rebuild Slackware but I got bogged down trying to get glibc rebuilt and got distracted by other things.
This gives me a lot of respect for for the folks who actually pulled off AC.
I have been thinking about blowing the dust off this project. My most recent plan to rebuild Slackware was to install AC and use that as a build platform. Perhaps I'll look into www.alphaslack.de instead. I hadn't stumbled onto it yet.
Ultimatly I'd like to make slackware generaly portable. Most of the packages in a standard release version compile cleanly, with minor tweaks to the build scripts, on Alpha, SPARC and PPC. There are independent porting/maintenance efforts for the different archetectures. I'm thinking that "make it portable" is a better goal than "porting it to platform X".
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