Subject: Re: Booting without ofwboot
To: Jochen Kunz <>
From: Jorge Acereda <>
List: port-ofppc
Date: 10/25/2004 17:56:06

Well, when I look at the Pegasos board I don't see the troubles they
caused to other people, I only see a funny machine.

Anyway, if I had to worry about moral issues, I shouldn't be typing
this letter using a PC with a stupid processor manufactured by a
monopolistic company. The problems caused by that company are for me
orders of magnitude worse than those caused by the Pegasos people.

The Pegasos people may have problems paying, yes it is ugly (and I bet
it is just that they don't have any money, in which case their problem
is one of poor management). The other company has just fucked the
whole industry.

I don't have any involvement or sympathy for the people behind the
Pegasos, nor do I encourage anyone to buy the board. It is just that I
happen to have one of those boards and I'd like to see NetBSD running
on it.

  Jorge Acereda

On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 17:02:42 +0200, Jochen Kunz
<> wrote:
> On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 12:18:33 +0200
> Jorge Acereda <> wrote:
> > I want to try NetBSD/ofppc on a Pegasos board. I tried to boot it
> > directly, but it hangs without showing any message. ofwboot seems to
> > work, but I can't see any way to use it to boot the kernel (no UFS
> > partitions or floppy disk on this machine). My questions:
> >
> > - Why is ofwboot needed at all?
> > - Has anyone patches to boot directly from OF?
> In theory you can boot an ELF kernel image directly via the
> OpenFirmWare. As I hered nothing good about the Pegasos and its
> OFW incarnation in particular you may be without luck. (Have a look
> at the trouble the OpenBSD people had with the Pegasos. Hardware,
> Soft/Firmware and the company.)
> --
> tsch=FC=DF,
>        Jochen
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