booting an old IBM server

Michael Halcrow mike at halcrow.us
Wed Oct 25 12:52:01 MDT 2006


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On Tue, Oct 24, 2006 at 05:43:03PM +0000, Jason Holt wrote:
> Ahem. So, I picked up a server at DI the other day.  It seems to be
> an IBM System/370 Model 145.  Could somebody make up a live tape for
> me so I can run gentoo on it?

Ah, yes. The first model in its class to use silicon memory chips
rather than a magnetic core. Nice.

Unfortunately, do think you might have some trouble booting the
kernel; if you want to backport on the assembly code under the
arch/s390 directory, you might have a prayer of getting it to
work. There *is* a gcc370. You should probably get in touch with Moshe
Bar to see if he's made any progress on the Linux on the s370 project:

http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development.system/browse_thread/thread/676cbd17a1e64a7b/50593f935e70ce0a?lnk=st&rnum=10&hl=en#50593f935e70ce0a

You might have to go with a scaled-back 2.0 or 2.2 kernel, since the
memory is limited to 512k in the model 145.

Good luck,
Mike
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                         Michael A. Halcrow                          
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