Over the weekend I started to build a scrap computer for someone. It's a real monster, two tiny hard-drives, non-original CPU, CD-ROM, ethernet and RAM, it's all the bits of other computers that didn't get thrown away.
The new Debian Installer wouldn't install properly, it jammed when checking out the hard drives. A real pity as it's very nice for a text installer.
The old Debian Woody installer worked okay, and I was even able to
apt-get the minimal install up to Debian Sarge status without any problems. I switched from LILO to GRUB, and deleted a few old things. However, though it's running Debian Sarge it still has an antique 2.2.20 kernel, so I added a 2.4 and 2.6 kernel to see if they would work.
So far I can't get it to boot with a 2.4 or 2.6 kernel, both fail on the boot sequence when the "Check Partition" starts, neither like the ancient 500Mb hdb that the box has. Kernel 2.2 is perfectly happy though, and with that booted, all is okay.
I don't know what to do next. I'd rather run a more modern kernel, the stock 2.2.20 is harldy modern, optimised, or secure. I can't run iptables on it either, which is one of the things I want to be able to do.