Subject: Re: NetBSD-2.0 on a Sparcstation 1+
To: Jochen Kunz <>
From: Chris Laverdure <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/15/2004 17:15:31
On Wed, 2004-09-15 at 13:18, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 15, 2004 at 03:29:04AM +0000, Chris Laverdure wrote:
> > I tried a snapshot a while ago and the bootloader bombed with an
> > ambigious error number. After some research it seems to appear as though
> > my system doesn't have enough memory to load the kernel? I find this
> > hard to believe; it has 12MB of RAM. 
> Most likely the system is able to run with 12 MB, but the instalation
> system has a kernel internal RAM disk. This makes the kernel quite big.
> Maybe to big for 12 MB. Try netbooting the machine, this avoids the RAM
> disk. That way you boot a normal GENERIC kernel with a minimal userland
> on NFS. If the GENERIC kernel is still to big use NetBSDs excellent
> cross compile facilities to build a custom kernel.

Netbooting is a grand idea. I would cross compile a kernel but I have no
NetBSD systems around to do it with. My interest in NetBSD 2.0 goes
beyond my usual interest in *BSD systems in that I am planning on
switching my main workstation to it should FreeBSD 5.3 miss the hoop, so
to speak.

Plus I've always liked NetBSD and this Sparc is my perfect excuse to use
it beyond experimenting. :D