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Re: Maturity of GRUB on powerpc/ppc64?

From: Frank Scheiner
Subject: Re: Maturity of GRUB on powerpc/ppc64?
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:57:29 +0200
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On 09/26/2017 03:19 PM, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote:

On powerpc systems, Debian-Installer contains the following warning
when trying to set up GRUB as the default bootloader [1]:

  "grub-installer/grub_not_mature_on_this_platform ARCH $ARCH"

Does anyone know whether GRUB has matured on powerpc or is it still
considered experimental?

Sorry, I'm a little occupied recently, but I was successful in installing and using Grub to boot my Xserve G4 on Debian Sid this weekend. Haven't tried on other G3 or G4 Power Macs yet, though.

I'll describe details maybe later this week. In short, it works similar in general to what I described for the Power Mac G5 (11,2). On the Xserve G4 I used it without separate partition for `/boot` without an issue (the partition for `/` was formatted with EXT4 during the original Wheezy installation on this machine). It cost me some time to find out what was the correct setting to activate the serial console. By default Grub uses a glass console, even if there is no graphics card installed. But this is usually not an issue for the workstations.


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