Enquiry about Debian on newer machines

Noah Dain noahdain at gmail.com
Sat May 31 20:57:23 CDT 2008

On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 6:37 AM, Brian O'Mahony
<brian.omahony at curamsoftware.com> wrote:
> Has anyone got 3.0 "woody" to run on the newer machines?
> I know its old, but we have some critical stuff on a server that is now coming out of warranty. The idiots in the PD department are assuming that it will work on the newer hardware, and had *almost* purchased a new server, before I dutifully informed them that it was in fact a bad idea.
> So now they are getting on my case, trying to get me to figure out if it will work or not, and I have told them that I can't without trying.
> So has anyone done this? I really want them to rewrite their software, and stop using debian to be honest, but if it works, it works...
> B

I have not tried to install woody on new hardware, but I would
whole-heartedly recommend virtualizing the system instead.

The main issue with a woody install on new hardware will be driver
support.  The scsi/raid and nic drivers certainly won't work. I don't
think sarge (3.1) even supports a lot of the latest hardware.

If I had to give it a shot, I'd try transplanting the os onto new
hardware (via a live cd -  knoppix should work), chroot into the woody
install and try to install/build a more recent kernel from within the
chroot.  Even then, you'd probably have to stick with a 2.4 series
kernel, as I don't think woody can handle 2.6, and that's even
assuming you could find a 2.4 kernel with backported drivers ( good
luck with than endevor ).

I'm sure it could be done, the only real question is how much grief is it worth?

Noah Dain
"The beatings will continue, until morale improves" - the Management

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