Solar Designer | 7 Nov 07:32 2005



I'd like to share the (trivial) recipe for running QEMU on Owl.  I'll
start with some information on what QEMU is:

"QEMU is a generic and open source processor emulator which achieves a
good emulation speed by using dynamic translation.

QEMU has two operating modes:

* Full system emulation.  In this mode, QEMU emulates a full system (for
example a PC), including a processor and various peripherials.  It can
be used to launch different Operating Systems without rebooting the PC
or to debug system code. ..."

To get QEMU to work on Owl, it is sufficient to install the unofficial
packages (Fedora rebuilds) available under /pub/Owl/current/unofficial
on our FTP mirrors, then additionally install libSDL (the binary package
from Fedora Core 3 worked fine for me; to build it from source, one
would have to install a few more tools, including nasm).  Then QEMU
0.7.2 just works.

To boot the Owl live CD image, use:

	qemu -cdrom Owl-current-20050913-i386.iso -boot d

The system boots and works fine (in a window in X, or can be switched to
full-screen with Ctrl-Alt-F), including networking (using the emulated
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Solar Designer | 10 Nov 02:57 2005

[openwall-announce] new Owl-current SPARC binaries are available


As some of you are aware, we have not been building Owl-current for
non-x86 architectures during post-1.1 development.  However, as we
approach another Owl release, this has started to change.

The most recent Owl-current binary packages for SPARC architecture have
been made available under /pub/Owl/current/sparc on the FTP mirrors:

With these packages installed, the system passes a self-rebuild test
(which takes over 9 hours on an UltraSparc IIi 400 MHz) with no issues.

I would like to thank Alexandr D. Kanevskiy (kad <at> ) for his contribution
to this effort.


Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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