[PPC] Ubuntu 15.04 testing

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[PPC] Ubuntu 15.04 testing

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ppc-fan
Contributor I

Hi All,

We're testing the development version of Ubuntu 15.04 on our AMIGA PowerPC computers. Here are some screenshots:

Lubuntu 15.04 PowerPC (AMIGA one X1000):

Screenshot from 2015-02-05.png

ubuntu MATE 15.04 PowerPC (AMIGA one X1000):

ubuntu_MATE_15.04_AMIGA_one_X1000.jpg

Lubuntu 15.04 PowerPC with MATE desktop (Sam460ex):

Ubuntu_15.04_Mate.png

Threads:

http://forum.hyperion-entertainment.biz/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=2847

Hyperion Entertainment Message Boards • View topic - (X)(L)ubuntu (MATE) 15.04

Please test Ubuntu 15.04 on your Freescale PowerPC computer.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers,

Christian

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ppc-fan
Contributor I

We need your help. PLEASE test Lubuntu or ubuntu MATE 15.04 on your PowerPC computer.

Link: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2264322

ubuntu_MATE_15.04_beta1_A1-X1000_and_virtual_Power_Mac.jpg

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matevzlangus
Contributor III

Hi,

which machine do you want to be tested on?

We have T4240QDS. Is it supported in Ubuntu?

regards,

Matevz Langus

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ppc-fan
Contributor I

Hi Matevz,

Thank you for your answer. :-) I don't know if it is supported but it would be really nice to try it out. Could you test ubuntu MATE 15.04 on your T4240QDS, please?

You have to download the initrd.gz and you have to convert it to a uinitrd:

Download:

http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/dists/vivid/main/installer-powerpc/current/images/powerpc64/net...

Convert:

mkimage -T ramdisk -C gzip -n 'ubuntu MATE 15.04' -d initrd.gz uinitrd

=> setenv bootargs "console=ttyS0,115200 root=/dev/ram rw"

=> fatload usb 0:1 1000000 your_uImage

=> fatload usb 0:1 5000000 uinitrd

=> fatload usb 0:1 2000000 your.dtb

=> bootm 1000000 5000000 2000000

There is a small problem with the Ubuntu initrd.gz. The installation process tries to access the directory within the ramdisk where the kernel modules should be stored for your own custom kernel. However, there is no need for the kernel modules themselves. Hence, it is enough, when installation fails due to an harddisk recognition error, to enter the installation shell and create a directory '/lib/modules/<name_and_version_of_the_linux_kernel>'. Afterwards, the installation process works fine.

Cheers,

Christian

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