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Re: NetBSD for BeBox?

On Mon, 7 Oct 1996 11:28:16 -0400 (EDT) 
 behind brown eyes <benji%haven.boston.ma.us@localhost> wrote:

 > Yes, the PowerMac supports OpenFirmware, at least according to the
 > OpenFirmware
 > web site. Take a look at http://bananajr6000.apple.com/1275/home.html,
 > and do 
 > a search for PowerMac. And be sure to listen to the OpenFirmware song while 
 > you're there. :-)

You'll note that page says:

        Apple Computer's newest line of PCI bus-based Power Macintosh(tm)
        desktop systems are shipping with Open Firmware. 

If your PowerMac doesn't have PCI, it's very unlikely that it has
OpenFirmware.  I don't recall sing NuBus bindings in any OpenFirmware
documentation I've read.

Also, I've been told that the OpenFirmware Macs don't use ELF for the
boot program format, but use XCOFF instead.  This shouldn't be that
big of a deal; just write a small program that converts a.out (which
is currently the executable format used by NetBSD/powerpc) to XCOFF.
(Something similar is currently used for ELF.)

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