From Linux on Power wiki
Linux Distributions for POWER
- Debian - Supported by BECOM and Gonicus in Germany see www.gonicus.de/de/unternehmen/news.html
- Fedora Core 4
- Gentoo Gentoo/PPC64
- OpenSUSE on POWER download Project page
Documentation about first system setup
Downlad a PDF article "Setting up your IBM eServer OpenPower server". This document describes first system setup with HMC and using serial console.
Installing Openpower without HMC with serial connection
See "Setting up your IBM eServer OpenPower server" for details.
In addition use "console=hvsi0" (or hvsi1) as a boot argument. It is highly recommended also to use "vnc=1 vncpassword=abc123" as a boot argument for remote graphical installation after network configuration (on SUSE).
How to install Debian GNU/Linux on OpenPower or POWER5
- In order to install POWER-based systems from the network following is needed:
- DHCP Server
- TFTP Server (e.g. atftp)
- NFS or FTP or HTTP network installation source
Providing boot arguments
See Providing boot arguments for network boot for Red Hat and Debian
See mkzimage_cmdline tool for Novell SUSE
How to avoid tftp timeouts
Just set following option starting atftpd or in /etc/sysconfig/atftp: “ - -no-timeout”. See man atftpd for more information.
The firmware update page describes the proceedure to obtain and install microcode.
Install Gentoo on PPC
See "The Gentoo Linux PPC handbook" for details.
Install Gentoo on PPC64
See "The Gentoo Linux PPC64 handbook" for details.
Installing Gentoo SELinux on PPC
See "The Gentoo SELinux PPC handbook" for details.
Software RAID (md-device)
HMC Hardware Management Console
Where to get LPAR information
- cat /proc/cpuinfo
- cat /proc/ppc64/lparcfg
Terminal Server and emulation
LTSP is an add-on package for Linux that allows you to connect lots of low-powered thin client terminals to a Linux server. Applications typically run on the server, and accept input and display their output on the thin client display.
http://www.ltsp.org/ works on Power
You can download precompiled ppc64 packages for SUSE, Red Hat and Debian at http://debian.tu-bs.de/knoppix/nx/ppc64/
qemu is running on Power
QEMU is a generic and open source processor emulator which achieves a good emulation speed by using dynamic translation.