Debian is one of my favorite distributions with its fast installation and light-weight deployment.
Actually, it is not officially supported on PowerLinux machines. But I knew that a ppc version exists, and I wanted to see one on action.
Recently, there was an opportunity to test Debian on Power.
Downloaded the basic image, give it a try. It was a nice experience, there were no problems with installation.
Check out the version and kernel
root@debian:~# cat /etc/debian_version 7.0 root@debian:~# uname -a Linux debian 3.2.0-4-powerpc64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.41-2+deb7u2 ppc64 GNU/Linux
All hw devices seems to be present ( not the full output, just partial)
root@debian:~# lshw debian description: Computer product: IBM,8246-L2C serial: IBM,03100121A width: 32 bits *-core description: Motherboard physical id: 0 capabilities: ibm_8246-l2c *-firmware product: IBM,AL740_077 physical id: 0 logical name: /proc/device-tree ............................
I installed mysql, apache and put some load in it. My tests were successful.
There were some issues;
- The DLPAR does not seems to work at the moment.
- Also there were some issues with the entitled capacity usage reporting.
If you have the time, you can give a try yourself.