[clug] [OT] PPC virtualiser for Mac OS X on PPC?

Bob Edwards Robert.Edwards at anu.edu.au
Sun Nov 14 23:06:31 GMT 2004

I can provide a PPC G4 laptop running Debian Sarge, if that would help.


Bob Edwards.

Alex Satrapa wrote:
> I'm trying out some different options for running "virtual machines" as 
> part of my upcoming demonstration of Samba + OpenLDAP. At present, I'm 
> trying to run with Bochs[1] - but Bochs is a i386 simulator. What I'd 
> really like is a PPC virtualiser (<thing> is to Mac OS X as VMWare is to 
> Windows, for example) so I can run Linux/PPC in the virtual machines.
> VirtualPC[2] isn't really what I'm after - it's another i386 simulator. 
> Besides, my money would be going to Microsoft.
> Mac-on-Linux[3] isn't what I'm after, either - I want it the other way 
> around, to run multiple Linux guests on my Mac OS X laptop. The MOL 
> people are promising LOM RSN.
> It's now taken about half an hour to boot Linux under Bochs on my eMac. 
> While Linux is doing nothing, Bochs is happily chewing up 100% of 
> processor time (that'll be the emulation of the low-power "sleep" 
> command, since Bochs is emulating clock-for-clock). For me as a laptop 
> user, that means sore thighs and very short battery life. As a potential 
> user, I can't imagine trying to run something more complex than 
> 'fortune' on this setup in real time.
> I think Qemu[4] is what I'm after... will report back later.
> I hope someone can help - there's got to be something I haven't found, I 
> don't want to have a dual-boot system, and I don't want to lug around my 
> various linux-only and dual-boot PCs from home.
> Thanks in advance
> Alex
> [1] Bochs: http://bochs.sourceforge.net/
> [2] Virtual PC: 
> http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/virtualpc/virtualpc.aspx
> [3] Mac-On-Linux: http://www.maconlinux.org/
> [4] Qemu: http://www.freeoszoo.org/
> "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we 
> can solve them."  --Isaac Asimov

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