25 Feb 2010, 20:02

Voyage Linux on an ALIX.2D13

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I’ve just spent far too much time trying to install voyage linux on my new ALIX.2D13. Everything was fine, the only problem was that I did try to use GRUB and that wasn’t working. After changing to LILO it works like a charm. The problem is probably caused by a huge version gap between etch and sid. Etch has some something like 0.9x and sid 1.9x. I thought that the Voyage installer would use the shipped grub inside a chroot. Anyway, LILO works and this is fine. I have no special requirements for this box’s bootmanager. As soon as everything is set up and tested the box is going to be deployed.

The installation of voyage linux itself is covered in detail in the Getting Started guide.

Very usefull information can be found at networksoul and this chaos wiki.

I recommend picocom to connect to the serial console:

picocom –baud 38400 –flow n –databits 8 /dev/ttyUSB0
If your computer doesn’t have a serial port anymore, like mine, I recommend the LogiLink “USB2.0 to Serial Adapter” (UA0043 v.2.0). It’s cheap and works flawlessly. Another great LogiLink product I can reommend in this context is the LogiLink “USB2.0 Aluminum All-in-one Card Reader” (CR0001B v.2.0). Why I mention these two here? I find it hard to find cheap linux compatible adapters of which I know that they work on linux, so here is the information I would have like had before I bought those. The USB-Serial-Adapter is recognized as “Prolific Technology, Inc. PL2303 Serial Port”. The Card-Reader is shown as four separate drives.