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Thomas Marteau


Deb Richardson

The Puffin Group

Thibaut Varène


version 1.5 for DocBook V4.2 Edition


Revision History
Revision 1.5 2006-06-06 Revised by: tv
XML cleanup, improved and reorganized contents. Updated to palo 1.5+ and kernel 2.6.
Revision 1.1 2003-11-01 Revised by: tm
Added Jeremy Drake's Windows™ server boot howto.
Revision 1.0 2002-10-04 Revised by: tm & tv
Content done by Thibaut. Ready for Woody release. Added Glossary and bibliography. XML conversion.
Revision 0.9 2002-01-15 Revised by: tm
This version brings you some useful advices for compiling your own kernel on hppa systems.
Revision 0.8 2001-10-17 Revised by: tm
This version takes care of the change of name of the official FTP and CVS sites and modify the license.
Revision 0.7 2001-10-13 Revised by: tm
This version adds some updates due to the progress of PA/Linux.
Revision 0.6 draft 2001-09-26 Revised by: tm
This version contains some minor changes and complete the "obtaining bootp/tftpd" section.
Revision 0.5 draft 2001-07-03 Revised by: tm
This version is a large update from Deb's work.
Revision 0.3 draft 1999-11-24 Revised by: dlr
The initial and published version of this HOWTO.

This document outlines the procedures to get the PA-RISC/Linux kernel to boot on your PA-RISC system. It also explains the usage of PALO, the kernel loader for PA/Linux. You will find much information on how to compile a kernel from the source available at Please note that this HOWTO version is newer than Deb Richardson's and includes more accurate information because of the progress of the port. Nevertheless, it's worth mentioning that this document kept parts of Deb's original work and unveiled some remarkable information.

If you are looking for information related to HP hardware but not directly to PA-RISC, please read Bruno Cornec's HP-HOWTO.

Note: by the time this HOWTO was started, Debian was the only Linux distribution available for the PA-RISC platform, hence the "Debian color" of this document. Some times, Debian specific commands will have to be replaced by their equivalent, if any.

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