This article describes how to build LinuxBIOS v2 on FreeBSD and boot FreeBSD using LinuxBIOS and ADLO inside Qemu.
All steps outlined in this article have been performed using FreeBSD 7.0-BETA1. Other versions of FreeBSD might work, too, but have not been tested. The patches mentioned in this article have been created against LinuxBIOSv2, Revision 2897.
In order to build ADLO on FreeBSD, you need the following ports installed:
- devel/dev86. See details below.
To build LinuxBIOS on FreeBSD, you need
- lang/python. At the time of writing this article, that port installs Python 2.4. Possibly other version of Python also work but haven't been tried.
To boot FreeBSD in QEMU you need
- emulators/qemu with modifications. Please refer to the QEMU Build Tutorial for details.
See this page on how to download LinuxBIOS. I recomment you checkout the latest Version of LinuxBIOS v2 using Subversion.
Applying the required patches
The LinuxBIOS build process assumes that the make utility is GNU make. This isn't true on FreeBSD (or the other BSDs for that matter), where GNU make is installed as gmake.
Building the 8086 development environment
ADLO requires the devel/dev86 port. This is a new port not yet included in the FreeBSD Ports tree, see Problem Report ports/117480. To build the port, download and extract the shell archive attached to the problem report.
$ ftp -o devel_dev.shar http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?prp=117480-1-shar $ sh devel_dev.shar $ cd dev86 $ su # make install