new to netwinder

François Jacques jacf01 at
Sat Jul 28 08:51:10 EDT 2007

Looking at the debian etch activity, it looks like some Debian got it

My HDD died recently, I got a replacement from Fujitsu, but the netwinder
just REFUSES to get an IP address from the dhcp and, in fixed IP addr mode,
to fetch the boot image from my tftpserver. Not sure if the NICs are dead or
not, I tried with both (and the firewall on the tftp server was off during
the effort)

Right now my NetWinder is just gathering dust :(

-- François

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Sent: July 28, 2007 6:45 AM
To: Andrew E. Mileski
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Subject: Re: new to netwinder

A bit of a surprise to see some activity on this list..

Has anyone updated his/her kernel to 2.6.21 or newer?

Jan Rinze.

---- "Andrew E. Mileski" <andrewm at> schrijft: 
> D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> > 
> > What is the best distro/version to run?  My machine came with
> >   OfficeServer version 2.0 [Build 8]
> >   kernel 2.2.14 - 20000612 on armv4l
> >   NeTrom 2.1.16c
> > I have to admit that currently this is a toy for me.  I may have no 
> > actual practical application.
> You'll lose OfficeServer functionality, which basically boils down to 
> the proprietary VPN software it comes with (if I recall correctly), 
> and the web based operation.
> I think Ralph has been compiling Fedora Core 6 (maybe 7?) on and off.
> There may be an issue with 2.6 kernel and booting.
> You'll need to hack the firmware to boot anything other than Linux.
> I've not touched my ARM NetWinder in quite a long time.  Ralph would 
> be more up-to-date.  I'm sure he'll chime in shortly.
> > The rescue partition works: I used it to overcome the fact that I 
> > didn't know the root password (it was not "vnc").  Interesting that 
> > this minimal system doesn't even have mv or chmod commands but it 
> > does have both vi and joe.
> I find that surprising too, since those are both in coreutils and I'm 
> pretty certain it's in there.  Of course, I have no idea what evil was 
> done to my NetWinder distros to create an OfficeServer variant.
> --
> Andrew E. Mileski
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