Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

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shadowbox
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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by shadowbox » 23 Mar 2020, 10:50

Has anyone tried this image with B2? (Or does anyone know why it wouldn't work with B2)?

And if it won't, are there other recommended options?

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by MouettE » 23 Mar 2020, 11:22

shadowbox wrote:
23 Mar 2020, 10:50
Has anyone tried this image with B2? (Or does anyone know why it wouldn't work with B2)?

And if it won't, are there other recommended options?
Debian dropped PowerPC support since stretch (version 9). The last debian version available for the B2 is jessie (8) still available here : https://forum.excito.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5871 . However it's not maintained anymore. The more recent (2018) system available is the gentoo port done by sakaki-, it's available here https://forum.excito.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6366

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by shadowbox » 23 Mar 2020, 11:28

Thanks, MouetteE.

Guess I'll be looking for a Bubba replacement, then. Too bad. This was a good little unit for 12 years. Cheap, quiet and cold.

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by MouettE » 23 Mar 2020, 16:22

After reading a bit online, there is a powerpc port of current unstable debian tree. I can try to build an image based on this tree, if you are willing to wait a little and run sid on your b2

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by shadowbox » 23 Mar 2020, 19:16

I would be most grateful. I've migrated all essential data from the machine, ready to mostly decommission out of security vulnerability. And life you might breath into it would be welcomed.

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by MouettE » 30 Mar 2020, 23:16

Quick update, I have made good progress on the debian unstable port for the B2. The install/rescue system has been updated, I have a working 5.4 kernel and I'm currently building the image. We should have something working in the next couple of days.

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by audiohd » 03 Jul 2020, 11:17

Hi, I have my B3 since 2011 and have been using it since. This week I replaced the 2TB hdd with a Samsung 500gb SSD.

Then I installed Buster and have been working with the configuration for many hours. I am not completely new to Linux
but have been more into Windows for many years. Anyway now my B3 works greater then ever and I really like to send
many thanks to MouettE!

Three times I made mistakes with fstab during installations so the machine did not boot. My only secure way to solve
this was to take out the ssd disk and mount it in another computer.

Is it possible to create a bootable "rescue live usb stick" with Debian Buster to boot with and reach the internal disk to
make changes?

Thanks again from Sweden! :)

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by MouettE » 03 Jul 2020, 11:54

audiohd wrote:
03 Jul 2020, 11:17
Then I installed Buster and have been working with the configuration for many hours. I am not completely new to Linux
but have been more into Windows for many years. Anyway now my B3 works greater then ever and I really like to send
many thanks to MouettE!
Thanks for your message. It's a great reward for all of us who work on those new images (the buster image would not exist without the work of sakaki and Gordon on the other images) to know that they are used. B3 is old but dead solid and reliable !
audiohd wrote:
03 Jul 2020, 11:17
Is it possible to create a bootable "rescue live usb stick" with Debian Buster to boot with and reach the internal disk to
make changes?
You can use the install image as a rescue live usb by editing the install.ini file and removing or commenting the [general] section along with its parameters (install and wipe). The key will boot and open an ssh server on which you can connect. Once connected you can mount the internal disk and fix stuff. The rescue system is not a live debian per say but should provide all the tools you need. You can also use the other live-usb systems systems available in this section.

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Re: Debian buster (10) image 1.0 released for B3

Post by audiohd » 04 Jul 2020, 02:31

Hi again, thanks for the fast feedback and thanks for the instructions about how to create a usb-stick that do not wipe my internal ssd. I was rather sure that it is no rocket science to create one but I had not the courage to experiment by myself. 😉

IF anyone reading this post, feel free to ask questions about my trial and error installation. I have documented the main parts and have other stuff in my head for the moment, stuff like Swedish layout (with åäö) and my fstab that mount two external drives (one ntfs 4TB hdd and one 238GB ssd) but only IF the are turned on during the boot process, exactly as I like to. 😇

Today my b3 only works as a file server for media and I detached the two antenna cables when the machine was open.
Our LAN have two Dovado routers today with 2,4 and 5ghz wifi and a e3276 huawei modem with 4g. Our new antenna
mounted at our roof also is prepared for 5g.

Now maybe my loved B3 will serve the family for another 9 years!


Thanks again!
/Peter

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