[Server-devel] XS software compatibility question

Berkowitz Andrew (Project Connect) ABerkowitz at schools.nyc.gov
Mon May 19 17:49:58 EDT 2008

I have successfully loaded Fedora 7 onto the server.

The Fedora 7 that would not finish was Fedora 7 Live CD. The one the did
load was the full Fedora 7 i386 DVD.

I suspect that the Live CD as well as the OLPC installer either do not
have all the necessary drivers or incorrectly determine the hard drive
or RAID controller.

I partitioned the drives into a 4 Gig swap file and a 447 / partition.

The installation was perfect with the full Fedora 7 installation.

Is it possible to install all of OLPC's customizations on top of a stock
Fedora installation?

How else would you suggest we proceed? 

-----Original Message-----
From: server-devel-bounces at lists.laptop.org
[mailto:server-devel-bounces at lists.laptop.org] On Behalf Of Berkowitz
Andrew (Project Connect)
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 4:41 PM
To: John Watlington
Cc: Martin Langhoff; server-devel
Subject: Re: [Server-devel] XS software compatibility question

I tried stock Fedora 7.

It still hangs. It hangs after being prompted for the keyboard language.
That is exactly where it hung using the OLPC installer.

There is no problem seeing the drives. I was able to change the
partition table using Gparted. So I don't think the problem is RAID
controller compatibility.

I've tried several different keyboards. The keyboards seem to work fine.
But the system hangs after being asked for the keyboard type (language).

Any suggestions.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Watlington [mailto:wad at laptop.org]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 1:07 PM
To: Berkowitz Andrew (Project Connect)
Cc: John Watlington; Martin Langhoff; kim at laptop.org; server-devel
Subject: Re: XS software compatibility question

Can you try installing stock Fedora 7 on them ?

I suspect that the disk drive controllers are too new for Fedora7...


On May 19, 2008, at 11:14 AM, Berkowitz Andrew (Project Connect) wrote:

> We received the new servers for the pilot school.
> However, I think there may be a compatibility issue.
> When the installer reaches the blue screen  (olpc-install), the 
> machine just hangs. <ctrl><alt><del>, the server reboots. Nothing else

> I've pressed does anything. I did try another keyboard with the same 
> results.
> This server is LINUX compatible and can be shipped from the factory 
> with LINUX.
> It is a Dell 300 with
> 2 Gig RAM
> Dual 500Gig drives with RAID-1.
> Dell SAS 6 Host Bus Adapter BIOS
> MTPBIOS (2007.09.29)
> Do you have any suggestions?
> Thank you.
> Andrew Berkowitz
> 2 MetroTech Center, Suite 3900
> Brooklyn, NY 11201
> aberkowitz at schools.nyc.gov
> 718-935-5471

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