This document describes how to install GNU/Linux on the IBM RS/6000 43P 7248 series, that is, the 43P-100, 43P-120 and 43P-133. It describes quite in detail anything to get one of these boxes from a non working stage to a networked workstation with a nice graphical user interfase. This relase covers several Linux distributions. Earlier, this document described the installation of several Linux distributions. Earlier, it only covered the LinuxPPC distribution, which is now obsolete. If you, for any particular reason, should be interested in versions of LinuxPPC, please have a look at my homepage .
Some years ago I got a couple of old 7248s for free and I did not have any OS to run on them. So I gathered some bits and pieces from the net, and got it to install LinuxPPC-1999. Later, I found that a lot of other people may have the same problems that I had, so I wrote this document to help. Later I rewrote it in SGML and it is now a part of the LDP.
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Updated: June 1, 2003.
This document is made after own experiences on a 43P 7248-132. The things I did might or might not work for you. You are on your own. I take no responsibility whatsoever for any damage, loss or expenses because of something you might have done because this document said so. If you want to give me feedback on errors, typos, or anything that can make this document better, please feel free to contact me by sending an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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This document is about installing GNU/Linux on the IBM RS/6000 43P, model 7248. The methods described in this document may or may not work on other machines or models. They may or may not work on other Linux distributions than described. Please don't ask me about this, as I have not tested others. Look in the Section 11 for other resources on this. If you find that these instructions work on other models or distributions, please let me know, and I'll add that info here.
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You are strongly recommended to take a backup of your system before major installation and backups at regular intervals.
Note that the 7248-132 and the 43P-133 are two terms for the same model, and the same goes for 7248-133 which I've also seen referenced from time to time. These three terms describes the exactly same model. You can safly assume that they are all the same machine.
If you feel that this document makes your life better, makes you glad and happy, or if you just are in a good mood, and have nothing to do, feel free to donate hardware, money, pizzas, e-mailed thankyous, postcards or anything to me. I can be reached at:
snail-mail: Ingvar Hagelund, Asperudlia 15, NO-1258 OSLO, NORWAY.
2.0 is finally out.
Lots of updates. Now supports Debian, Mandrake, SuSE and YellowDog.
YellowDog 3.0 (Sirius) is availble through a dist-upgrade
Heading for 2.0.
Most parts of Mandrake, YellowDog, SuSE and Debian are done
Heading for 2.0.
Working on complete new version with several distributions
Heading for 2.0.
Added an appendix on making SMS and firmware images from Linux
First sketch for other distributions
Added a chapter on Linux-2.4
Fixed some wrong links and typos
Download site for LinuxPPC-2000 Q4 cd images
Updated to cover LinuxPPC-2000 Q4
Made some small changes to the kernel chapter.
Added a FAQ section.
Reformatted howto to SGML.
New copyright notices.
Ready for bundling with the LPD.
If you are reading an offline version of this document, please note that an up to date HTML version can be found at http://users.linpro.no/ingvar/43p.
A lot of people have given me suggestions and help on these pages. I might have forgotten some of them, and if so, I apologize. Please send me a note to me at <email@example.com>, and I'll list you here. Thanks to all of you, I could not have done this without you.
Here is list of people that have been helpful, in a completely unordered fashion :-)
Hollis R Blanchard
Tor Arne Rein
Arne Chr. Jørgensen
Thomas M. Nymand
Feedback is most certainly welcome for this document. Without your submissions and input, this document wouldn't exist. Please send your additions, comments and criticisms to the following e-mail address : <firstname.lastname@example.org>.