OS X Server 1.2 on qemu single user mode
That’s right, the ADB is usable enough now to type and move the mouse, meaning that OS X Server can now be installed within Qemu!
It’s incredibly slow, and the mouse is incredibly jumpy, but it’s actually running!
Basically, like A/UX, you boot up into MacOS to partition the drive.
qemu-system-ppc-screamer.exe -L pc-bios -m 256 -M mac99 -prom-env “boot-args=-v” -prom-env “auto-boot?=true” -prom-env “vga-ndrv?=true” -hda 2GB.vmdk -cdrom “Mac OS X Server 1.2, MOSX_Booter.iso” -sdl -device usb-mouse -device adb-keyboard -boot d
OS X Server 1.2 MacOS 9 Create OS X Server partition
And then kick off the installer:
OS X Server 1.2 MacOS 9 Start Install
Which really isn’t much to do, other than tagging the partition, and prepping the machine to reboot.
Qemu doesn’t emulate the NVRAM, so it’ll complete with this ‘non fatal’ ‘fatal error’
After that, boot into the OS X Server kernel, and continue the install:
qemu-system-ppc.exe -L pc-bios -prom-env “boot-args=-v rd=sd0″ -drive file=2GB.vmdk,index=1,format=vmdk,media=disk -M g3beige -cpu g3 -drive file=”Mac OS X Server 1.2, MOSX_Booter.iso”,index=0,format=raw,media=cdrom -prom-env “boot-device=cd:9,\\:tbxi” -m 256 -net none
OS X Server 1.2 installing text mode
It will then format the disk, and copy over the base operating system. After that it’s time to shutdown, and reboot the VM. I couldn’t figure out a pure hard disk boot, but again using the CD-ROM, you can just tell it to pull the root from the hard disk.
qemu-system-ppc.exe -L pc-bios -prom-env “boot-args=-v rd=hd0″ -drive file=2GB.vmdk,index=1,format=vmdk,media=disk -M g3beige -cpu g3 -drive file=”Mac OS X Server 1.2, MOSX_Booter.iso”,index=0,format=raw,media=cdrom -prom-env “boot-device=cd:9,\\:tbxi” -m 256 -net none
OS X Server 1.2 installing
And after this, it’ll want to reboot again. Launch it up and now we get the initial setup
And with that out of the way, we can logon!
And after a while, it’ll load up the desktop
OS X Server 1.2 Desktop
As mentioned above, the mouse is incredibly jittery. Doing anything graphical is very difficult. But here we are, running OS X/Rhapsody for the PowerPC!
Because the mouse is VERY jumpy at the moment, Im going to make some pre-configured disk images available because running the disk tool under OS 9 is a major pain. The first image has only been partitioned, while the second has completed the ‘text mode setup’, aka a minimal install.
And that’s it for now!