Deb Richardson

The Puffin Group


Revision History
Revision 0.3 draft November 24, 1999 Revised by: dlr

This document outlines the procedure for getting the current PA-RISC/Linux development kernel to boot on your PA-RISC system.

This HOWTO does not currently include the information needed for booting your PA-RISC/Linux system from disk. The booting from disk procedures will be added as soon as they are available. For more information about the PA-RISC/Linux porting project, please see

Table of Contents
1. Copyright and Licensing
2. Supported Hardware
3. Preparing to boot
3.1. Consoles
3.1.1. Using a graphic console
3.1.2. Using a serial console
3.2. Preparing to boot from the network
3.2.1. rbootd or bootp?
3.2.2. Using rbootd
3.2.3. Using bootp/tftp
3.3. Preparing to boot from disk
3.4. Changing the boot path
3.4.1. When booting from the network
3.4.2. When booting from disk
3.5. Obtaining and using the latest kernel
4. Booting your PA-RISC/Linux system
4.1. Booting from the network
4.2. Booting from disk
5. HOWTO contributors

1. Copyright and Licensing

Copyright (c) 1999 The Puffin Group and Deb Richardson. This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, v0.4 (8 June 1999) or later. The latest version of this license is available at