Subject: NetBSD/macppc on the iMac (was: snap-990119)
To: Sebastian Lederer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Scott Reynolds <email@example.com>
Date: 01/23/1999 12:39:14
Sebastian Lederer wrote:
> First, many thanks to Tsubai Masanari, for his great work on the macppc
> port, especially for the iMac!
I'd like to echo this sentiment. Thanks Tsubai!
> But, of course, there are always some questions left:
> - Is diskless operation possible on the iMac?
Yes. The iMac boots from a "standard" bootp/tftp setup. The main obstacle
is to acquire or build a kernel configured for an NFS root file system. The
other problem that I noted was that our integrated DHCP server doesn't
respond appropriately to the BOOTP request from an iMac. The bootpd server
> - Wouldn't it be useful if the macppc port used the same disklabel code as
> the mac68k port (mac68k/disksubr.c), allowing NetBSD to use the Mac's
> partition table directly?
That may be useful, but not in quite the same way the mac68k port does it
now. I have been frustrated by the number of steps that have to be
performed in the Mac OS environment before installing, and I have several
ideas on what should be done to correct it. If anyone starts to work on
this project, please contact me and I'll gladly share my thoughts.