[OpenBIOS] OpenBIOS as a boot manager

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.openbios at telemetry.co.uk
Fri Apr 19 15:55:56 CEST 2013

Programmingkid wrote:
> On Apr 19, 2013, at 6:06 AM, Mark Morgan Lloyd wrote:
>> I've got OpenFirmware as a boot manager on a couple of machines (i.e. resident on its own partition on disc), but is it possible to use OpenBIOS for this on a PPC Mac (specifically, a beige Old World G3?).
> I'm going to guess that it isn't possible because you would have to make OpenBIOS run as or on top of Apple's OpenFirmware. 
>> Is there any chance that this would drive a DVD drive sufficient to install OS X? I'm not intending this for heavy use, but simply to provide a test target for another open-source project.
> Probably not. Every attempt to boot Mac OS X fails. But I am still working on this problem. Hopefully a solution is in our future. :)

Thanks, I'm here for the long term :-)

It was only a minor thought anyway. I was rather clutching at straws, 
since somebody who believes that Macs are the best thing since sliced 
bits tells me that the way to get OS X onto that machine is to stick in 
two different types of USB card etc. at which point the whole thing 
sounds like it's more trouble than it's worth.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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