[rescue] OpenBSD on an SS5 - argh!

Mike Parson mparson at bl.org
Fri May 14 14:40:17 CDT 2004

On Fri, May 14, 2004 at 03:12:05PM -0400, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
>  Mike Hebel says ...
> > bitrot said ...
> > > I installed openbsd 3.5 on my ipx with a single floppy.
> > > the install was sooooo easy and just worked...
> > > made the old pos useful...
> >
> > That's provided the SS5 came with a floppy.  I too have used ftp OPenBSD
> > install and it rocks much.  The problem is often the floppy drive on
> > Sparcish things tends to be bad.
> Heh, floppies.  I hardly ever use them on PCs, and, although some of my
> SPARCs have 'em, I don't recall _ever_ using 'em.  I expect the "SPARC bad
> floppy drive" syndrome is from lack of use.  I even got a "SCSI" floppy
> drive with one of my SGIs, and who cares?
> However, this brings up a thought ... how about an OpenBSD ftp-install boot
> _CD_?  I know SFA about making bootable CD-ROMs, but it seems that it ought
> to be possible.  Would it be possible to have one that worked on multiple
> platforms?

Netboot, folks, netboot.

No floppies, no CD roms, just tftp, bootparams, rarpd and nfs on another
'nix box on your net.

I don't remember the last time I installed a BSD on a sparc via any kind
of removable media.

Michael Parson
mparson at bl.org

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