FreeBSD on Intel Macs?

John Baldwin jhb at
Thu Jan 12 13:59:57 PST 2006

On Thursday 12 January 2006 09:09 am, Doug Rabson wrote:
> On 11 Jan 2006, at 22:05, David Leimbach wrote:
> > On 1/11/06, Julian Elischer <julian at> wrote:
> >> alan bryan wrote:
> >>> I read that the new Intel (x86) Macs use EFI rather
> >>> than the traditional PC Bios to boot up.  I'm
> >>> interested in using one of these to multiboot OS X and
> >>> FreeBSD and am wondering if it is yet known to work or
> >>> not.  Do any changes need to be made to FreeBSD or
> >>> should it work out of the box? Thanks for any insight
> >>> and I know that it may be impossible to fully answer
> >>> until people get their hands on the hardware but I
> >>> just wanted to start thinking about the possibilities.
> >>
> >> well if they can boot Darwin I'm sure they can be hacked to boot
> >> FreeBSD.
> >> It would probabty require a different bootloader binary.
> >
> > I don't see what booting Darwin has to do with booting FreeBSD.
> >
> > However, since FreeBSD boots on IA64 using the FreeBSD bootloader
> > for IA64,
> > I *hope* it won't be much work to port whatever changes that
> > requires to
> > IA32.
> When I wrote the EFI bootloader for ia64, I spent a small amount of
> time trying to make it possible to port to an i386 EFI environment. I
> reckon it would only take a day or two to do the port. If someone
> donates a nice new 20" iMac to me, I'll even do the work :-)

Same offer here, though dfr@ would probably get it working sooner. :)

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