will freebsd run on apple intel xserve
hartzell at alerce.com
Thu Dec 13 14:25:42 PST 2007
Jason Joines writes:
> I'm a Linux guy who has inherited some apple xserve boxes.
> Surprisingly I've discovered that I really hate os x. For the intel
> xserve boxes, Linux isn't an option. The CPUs are amd64 architecture.
> The EFI capable Linux bootloader, has had beta support for amd64 since
> July. However, the Linux kernel just got support to boot via EFI and
> amd64 in a release candidate patch this month. It'll probably be quite
> a while before a distribution has an installer with what I need.
> At any rate, I've always wanted to try one of the BSDs. Will
> FreeBSD install on an apple intel xserve? If not does anyone know if
> another BSD or some other open source NIX will work?
I can't give you a direct answer, but I was running 6-STABLE on an
8-way mac pro up until a couple of weeks ago (I had to give it back to
it's owners and I'm waiting until after the next wwdc to buy my
I used bootcamp to partition a spare disk, then just booted from a
freebsd cd and installed onto that partition. I ended up using refit
as a boot doohickey (initially from an refit cd, eventually taking a
chance on installing it onto the disk itself).
There wasn't anything too surprising.
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