will freebsd run on apple intel xserve

Gabriel Rossetti mailing_lists at evotex.ch
Fri Dec 14 06:27:56 PST 2007

George Hartzell wrote:
> 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. 
AMD64....on an Intel X-Serve box? I think you got it wrong there.......
Anyways, EFI support for Xeon CPUs should work without a problem, even
for linux.
I'm not sure about EFI support, I think it's fine in CURRENT, from what
I've read on the net.

Good luck,
>  > 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
> own...).
> 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.
> g.
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