Open Firmware booting on Blue G3
I am wondering if the Debian PPC distribution is going to (or working
on) supporting macos-free Open Firmware booting on a Blue G3 or iMac.
This is what I know so far about booting these machines:
OF requires what Apple calls a "bootfile" this is basically a OF script.
it is possible to boot a NetBSD kernel from a FAT, HFS, HFS+, ISO9660
filesystem, directly from OF.
I can point OF at a linux kernel (the linuxppc BlueG3 kernel) and OF
will reject it. OF also rejects quik.
I think all that is required is making quik OF compliant then it can
take care of booting the kernel.
is there any work on this? I hope Debian is not going to be a BootX
only distribution like LinuxPPC is...
I realize that most macs have broken OF implementations, however, the
BlueG3s and iMacs have a much better OF as far as i can determine, it
would be great if these could be macos-free bootable.
To obtain my PGP key: http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/pgp/