Debian for IA-64
IA-64 was a supported Debian architecture from Debian 3.0 (woody) to Debian 7 (wheezy)
If you would like to help, start by subscribing to the debian-ia64 mailing list.
The normal Debian channels for acquiring installation media and documentation include ia64 CD images.
All modern ia64 systems should work fine.
It's possible that you may find a very early ia64 machine that needs a BIOS upgrade to work well with Linux. One particular combination we've heard about is trying to run new kernels on "Lion" systems with really old BIOS versions. To try to make this easier, here's what we know about BIOS versions that work well for Debian on older ia64 systems:
- Lion, aka HP rx4610, version 99b works well.
- BigSur, aka HP i2000, version 130 works well.
Firmware downloads for HP systems are available starting HERE .
If anyone has information about suitable BIOS versions for other IA-64 systems that are successfully running Debian, let us know on the debian-ia64 list!
The instigators of the IA-64 port were Bdale Garbee and Randolph Chung. The best way to ask questions now is via the mailing list.
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