[OpenBIOS] QEMU / OpenBIOS booting SunOS 4.1.3 / 4.1.4

Armistead, Jason Jason.Armistead at otis.com
Mon Jun 5 03:16:32 CEST 2006


We have some legacy Sparcstation IPX and ELC models that are running SunOS
4.1.3 / 4.1.4

Obviously, these machines are getting toward their use-by dates.  But the
many applications that exist on the Sparcstations are simply impossible to
port single-handed to another Unix or even re-validate with Solaris 10 (or
maybe a few versions earlier) on more modern Sparc hardware.  Some of the
original tools that they use are no longer available.  In other words, any
move is going to be painful and possibly not be completely faithful to the
existing environment.

Therefore, emulation is the approach I'd really like to pursue if it's

Has anyone got SunOS 4.x to boot under QEMU using the latest OpenBIOS
firmware instead of PROLL ?

Is anyone out there even working on this possibility. or is the focus on
Linux or one of the NetBSD / OpenBSD implementations ?



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