Subject: Re: NetBSD 2.0.2 on x86 based RAQ 3
To: Andy Ruhl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: None <email@example.com>
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 http://sourceforge.net/projects/cobalt-rom
>2. Do you have a kernel config script that would be useful?
Check the website http://webpages.charter.net/dbarnes3367/PC/RAQ/
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
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.