I suspect pointing him at Microsoft's current *nix-on-Windows solution (Interix? Windows Services for Unix? Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications? Grudgingly Provided but Subtly Maladapted Compatibility Subsystem for Customers Who Otherwise Would Use Some OS Begining with L?)... might have (quite rightly) have been met with a vigorous but somewhat impolite reply, so I decided to generate an image for him to burn directly.
I also took the opportunity to cleanup dc-burn-netbsd a little more:
- split out 'extract sets' from 'setup extracted data for live usage' (now -l) - after all, why should I assume my live setup is the One True Way?
- tweaked live setup further (do we *really* want to try to rebuilding the X11 fontcache? I think not), and /etc/motd was not reporting the kernel version (tsk, fer-shame)
- making -l default to the right kernel and minimal sets. I have a deep seated antipathy towards typing many options on a command line. (If I'm building a live CD then it should be able to work out that it needs some sets and a non ramdisk kernel - but only as a default of course, if the user wants to explicitly select something apparently stupid... "here is rope")
- Adjusting default behaviour to generate but not burn the image (added -b to burn). Ah, now I have a naming crisis as it no longer "does what it says on the tin" by default. Foo. I'll come back to that later
Currently the motivation for all this has been "because its there" - while NetBSD/dreamcast can run a whole bunch of standard unix software (see http://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/dreamcast/5.1_2012Q1/All/ for example), not all of it necessarily makes sense on such a platform.
But again... "here is rope" :)
I also put together a README (I'll quote it below - mainly on the grounds I've already spent time writing it, got distracted watching the Olympics opening ceremony, and its a cheap way to pad out the rest of this entry)
Sample NetBSD/dreamcast live image (Generated by "dc-burn-netbsd -l -n"):
- Dreamcast or gxemul emulator (*)
- If using a real Dreamcast, blank CD-R & Dreamcast keyboard
- Optional: Dreamcast BBA (broadband adaptor) for network access
- Download netbsd-dreamcast-6_BETA2.iso.7z and uncompress to get .iso image
- To burn to CD for booting on Dreamcast:
- On Windows use http://code.google.com/p/bootdreams/downloads
- On NetBSD no need to download this, use http://pkgsrc.se/sysutils/dc-tools
and run 'dc-burn-netbsd -l' directly
- To boot in gxemul (*) run
"gxemul -XEdreamcast -d co23965696:netbsd-dreamcast-6_BETA2.iso"
- Once booted enter "gdrom0" and return three times when prompted
- Login as "root"
This is still a work in progess, in particular future goals for future versions
- Including installed binary packages such as some from
- Switching to a shell with command line editing
- Support for Serial-SD and potentially Serial-Ethernet adaptors
- Better X support (currently insufficient memory to effectively run)
(*) Running under gxemul requires gxemul-0.6.0nb3 or later from pkgsrc, or the patch-src_devices_dev__dreamcast__gdrom.cc patch applied to gxemul-0.6.0
Interestingly X doesn't start under gxemul - I'll need to test on real hardware before I dig further into that, but as my DC is in my office, and I'm currently in a Days Inn in Winchester (not Inglewood - that was a rather different experience), that will have to wait...