Enquiry about Debian on newer machines

Richard Wallman richard.wallman at mobilefun.co.uk
Mon Jun 2 03:32:31 CDT 2008


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Noah Dain wrote:

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

Or, if the software doesn't require a specific kernel, you could always
install Sarge on the new machine and have a Woody chroot. (this is true
of pretty much all *nix-like OSs - I've got RedHat chroots running on
Debian machines to support some vendor-specific software. You can't mix
and match kernels - you couldn't run a FreeBSD chroot on a Linux machine
- - but you can run different flavours provided specific kernels aren't
required)

debootstrap can sort that out for you. You'd just need to make sure any
init.d scripts get modified (to chroot before starting/stopping a
service) and copied into the main startup.

Virtualisation would be a big hammer to crack a fairly small nut.

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Richard Wallman
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