Booting Xserve on 8.0

Chris eagletree at
Thu Jun 17 02:28:33 UTC 2010

I felt I should finalize this before the thread goes to archives.

My original post was to find out if there was a way to get FreeBSD
to boot and run natively on the Intel XServe. It's a no go.

rEFIt, while part of a solution, can't make up for the complete lack
of BIOS support, EFI boot is only the beginning of the problem.

Rui Paulo stated that kernel changes to FreeBSD will be required
before it will be realistic to run. Watching his FreeBSD progress  
is probably the best source of status.

On Jun 6, 2010, at 10:23 AM, Chris Rees wrote:

> On 6 June 2010 17:50, Chris <eagletree at> wrote:
>> On Jun 6, 2010, at 4:09 AM, Adam Vande More wrote:
>>> On Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 7:48 AM, Chris <eagletree at> wrote:
>>> EFI is the issue. I was hoping there is new information such as
>>> an installation with EFI configuration files to permit the boot.
>>> There are instructions available on creating such an installation
>>> for linux variants. They don't seem to apply to FreeBSD or I haven't
>>> the knowledge to create such an installation.
>>> Well if you want to run BSD on it, I suggest NetBSD.  They use  
>>> rEFIt for
>>> it.
>>> I would say there is even some reasonable hope it that it would  
>>> work well.
>>>  I'm no expert thought so you could try asking over there.
>> Adam and Chris, Thank you, you both are on the solution if it works.
>> rEFIt at was one of the solutions that looked
>> promising, only with FreeBSD. I will try this.
>> Anyone interested, feel free to contact me off-list on progress or
>> especially
>> if interested in cooperative discovery on whether this will work or  
>> not.
>> Thanks again for the responses.
> I would recommend keeping discussion on-list, if you don't mind,
> because the Archives are incredibly useful to people trying to solve
> similar problems.
> We all learn from watching discussions on these lists, that's why
> we're subscribed!
> Of course, if you consider it confidential feel free to go off-list,
> it's your call.
> Chris
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