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On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 1:46 PM, Artyom Tarasenko <atar4qemu@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 11:29 AM, Michael-John Turner <mj@mjturner.net> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Apr 07, 2016 at 11:12:50AM +0200, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote:
>>>> The document you linked is over 6 years old! sparc64 emulation is pretty
>>>> usable already, I have installed the sparc64 netinst images that I built
>>>> without any problems.
>>> Ah, I missed the date at the bottom of the page and didn't realise that!
>>> I'm not sure that installing newer version of Solaris works yet though (at
>>> least according to this[1] 2015 thread from Stack Exchange). Still,
>>> possibly worth a try though.
>> Not yet. There is some  progress, for instance, qemu-system-sparc64
>> can boot Linux since March 2013 [1], and NetBSD since 2014 [2].
>> One of the problems is that qemu-system-sparc64 emulates a workstation
>> which has been never existed as a bare metal. Therefore it's not
>> possible to use an existing firmware to boot Solaris and Solaris for
>> 64 bit SPARC machines is very picky about the firmware.
>> But Mark Cave-Ayland is working on OpenBIOS (in the mean time it can
>> already boot FreeBSD)
> Ops. Have just seen the mail from Mark, that not yet. Sorry for the
> mis-information.

This misinformation made me feel obliged to fix it in the upstream.
So, today's QEMU git can boot FreeBSD/sparc64. Don't know though
whether it's really relevant for anyone at debian-sparc mailing list.
(15+ years ago, mentioning *BSD on a Linux mailing list or vice-versa
would cause a holly war, but now we are all grown up, right?)

> The rest is still valid. :-)

>> and I work on sun4v emulation which could re-use
>> Firmware from the OpenSPARC project (its Firmware is indeed
>> Solaris-compatible).
>> So, stay tuned.
>> 1. http://tyom.blogspot.de/2013/03/debiansparc64-wheezy-under-qemu-how-to.html
>> 2. http://tyom.blogspot.de/2014/08/upstream-qemu-can-run-netbsdsparc64.html

Artyom Tarasenko

SPARC and PPC PReP under qemu blog: http://tyom.blogspot.com/search/label/qemu

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