[vbox-dev] Darwin (NOT OS X) on VirtualBox using recent QEMU patches

Stuart Crook stuart at echus.demon.co.uk
Mon Apr 6 03:46:08 PDT 2009


I'll start by reiterating that by Darwin I mean Apple's neglected  
technically-open-source-but-good-luck-getting-it-to-build OS, and NOT  
OS X. And I know that there's a long-running thread on the subject in  
the user forums, but that degenerated into a discussion of the best  
way to pirate Leopard a long time ago. I'm working on the PureDarwin  
project (www.puredarwin.org), and we've got a just-about usable Darwin  
distro up and running. We currently distribute it as a VMWare image,  
but we'd like to move to VirtualBox so more people can use it.

Recently some patches for QEMU 0.10.0 have appeared which allow it to  
run Darwin. (I'm not sure if they're in the main svn yet. There are a  
few details here: http://www.puredarwin.org/developers/qemu ). I'm  
sorry, but I don't know the exact relationship of QEMU code to  
VirtualBox, so I was wondering if someone who did could take a look  
and see whether it was possible (and trivial) to integrate these  
changes. You'd have the eternal thanks of a small but growing OSS  

Thanks for your time.


ps. 2.2 Beta 2 doesn't run Darwin.

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