[darwinbuild-dev] Building Darwin 9 on a PowerBook G4 for a i386 PC

Stuart Crook stuart at echus.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 11 12:45:36 PDT 2008

Hi, Rolf. I'm trying to do something similar and as far as I can see  
there isn't any particular "right" list to subscribe to. I'm also  
beginning to wonder whether it's actually possible to get a complete  
Darwin (separate from OS X) system ... but anyway.

Firstly, there are still images of Darwin 8.0.1 for x86 (equivalent to  
the underpinnings of 10.4) available here: http://gulus.usherbrooke.ca/pub/distro/gnu-darwin/ 
  (yes, it's over three years old). You might like to give that a try:  
it boots and installs without any extra work, and proves that at least  
it can be done.

If you want to continue trying to build 9.4 for yourself, you can do  
worse than read this: http://tgwbd.org/darwin/ which explains some of  
the issues and how the Author's already solved some of them. You'll  
also need a working boot loader, the source code for which you can get  
from the same site.

As I see it, there are two main issues: firstly, Darwin is an entire  
operating system, which means there's quite a lot of components to  
build, which is a pain since no-one's producing pre-build CDs any  
more. Secondly, what source is available has issues. But I guess the  
more people who take an interest, the quicker these should get spotted  
and fixed.

I hope some of this is of a little help.

Stuart Crook

On 11 Sep 2008, at 20:24, Dr. Rolf Jansen wrote:
> I continued building projects for i386PC and I tried to deploy them to
> the PC, and up to now to no avail. I am clueless how this can be done,
> because I failed to build a bootable CD. I assume, that this is the
> wrong list for asking questions on Darwin 9 deployment on regular
> PC's, therefore, I will join the Darwin-x86 list and perhaps ask
> sometimes some questions there.
> Best regards
> Rolf
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