[OpenBIOS] Solaris anyone?

Nick Couchman Nick.Couchman at seakr.com
Fri May 13 23:27:29 CEST 2011

On Fri, 2011-05-13 at 23:57 +0300, Blue Swirl wrote:
> On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM, Tarl Neustaedter <tarl-b2 at tarl.net> wrote:
> > On 2011-May-13 16:43 , Blue Swirl wrote:
> >>>
> >>> >  Out of curiosity, how likely is it that qemu-sparc32 could be used to
> >>> > run a
> >>> >  solaris-based statically-linked user-mode application?
> >>
> >> This would be implemented within QEMU only, so this does not concern
> >> OpenBIOS much, but I gave a shot at it once:
> >> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.qemu/41437
> >>
> >> It may be possible to make a Solaris user emulator which would allow
> >> running Solaris/Sparc binaries on Solaris/x86 or vice versa, but there
> >> are license compatibility issues and some technical issues to be
> >> solved.
> >
> > Wouldn't it be easier to simply boot the Solaris 9 under qemu, copy the
> > user-mode application into the environment and run it under that Solaris 9?
> Maybe, but it would be nice to be able to run applications seamlessly
> in the host environment. With user emulator, for example host file
> system would be available to the emulated executable just like to a
> native one.

Not to mention performance benefits - not necessarily of the application
itself, but the Qemu emulator eats host CPU even when the guest O/S is
idling, which wouldn't be the case if you ran it in a user-mode

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