Subject: Re: NetBSD 2.0.2 on x86 based RAQ 3
To: Andy Ruhl <>
From: None <>
List: port-cobalt
Date: 11/01/2005 16:20:59
>Pardon my newbieness, but I have a few questions to ask:

>1. Do you have to use a custom firmware to boot the NetBSD kernel?

You need to upgrade to 2.10.3 from

>2. Do you have a kernel config script that would be useful?

Check the website
I'll post the kernel config I'm using so you can add or subtract options as needed.

>3. I *think* you are booting a NetBSD kernel from the linux /boot
directory. Is it possible to do like the mips based one and put a
bootloader there than can then find the NetBSD root disk with the
kernel in /?

Don't know, haven't tried a bootloader.  I think you'd need a linux to NetBSD bootloader.  The ones for i386 are usually put in the mbr and not as an elf binary and not a linux binary for sure.  
>4. Is there anything special that needs to be done from NetBSD to
create the ext2 partition? See this mail for what has to be done to
get it working on cobalt:
(Basically what I'm asking is for anything special needed to be done
to the disk to configure it outside of the Cobalt box on some other
NetBSD machine.)

No. I used the standard sysinstall on a regular PC to setup the ext2fs partition.  I used the option in sysinstall that says not to use the whole disk for NetBSD. The only ext2fs stuff I didn't do on NetBSD was to format the ext2fs partition.  I didn't have a NetBSD tool handy.

>I hope I'm not bothering you too much. This is very cool news, because
the mips one, while cool, is not very useable for doing more than 1 or
2 things at once.

My x86 RAQ was supposed to be a MIPS RAQ but somebody (me:) didn't pay attention to the model numbers.