Quote:>You can do it during the install phase of which ever distribution you
>install. Just partition you drives (or leave the partitions that are already
>there) and then just have the installer format the partitions. I know RedHat
>allows this and I'm the others must also.
oops... bad choice of words in my subject, i guess. i want to start
this install from scratch, meaning i _do_ want to repartition the drives;
i can't figure out how to do that, however. for x86, i'd just pop in a
floppy with fdisk or partition magic, but as i mentioned, this machine doesn't
allow booting from floppy; for solaris (which is where i have most of my
experience), you have to partition the disks during install anyway, so
it isn't an issue. so, to be more explicit, "how do i repartition the drives?"
Quote:>>while i'm at it, is there a good
>>book or primer out there to serve as an intro to the alpha world--how
>>it's similar/different to x86, for example?
>What information are you looking for specifically. Check out the web site
>in my sig, there's some resources on there that might help you.
i did check it out, and it seems like it will be a lot of help--once
i get to the linux install phase. :) right now, i'm just trying to
familiarize myself with the hardware. i guess part of my confusion is that
i'm used to linux being installed with at least one other os (like dos)
on x86 systems; using dos to install the linux loader and bootstrap the
linux install makes sense to me, whereas i can't figure out how this machine
was installed at all. from what (very little) i know of alphas, there isn't
an alpha version of ms-dos, so i don't know where to begin.
Quote:>Well, the alpha-linux howto is a little out of date at the moment. I'm try
>the original authors (both addresses in there just bounce back) so that we
>take it over and start updating it for things like alphabios. The problem in
>case is that I only have an old machine with ARC/SRM and no AlphaBIOS, and
>at this point I can't afford to buy a new one so I have to live through the
well, if you and the others here can help me muddle my way through
this install, i think i'll be able to go back and redo it enough times to
figure it out and write it up for addition to the howto.
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