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Date:      Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:34:34 +0100
From:      "C. P. Ghost" <>
To:        David Brodbeck <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Mailing List <>
Subject:   Re: Emulators to test non-x86 FreeBSD ports?
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On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 7:56 PM, David Brodbeck <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM, C. P. Ghost <> wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> are there any emulators out there that can run the non-x86 versions of F=
>> on a FreeBSD/i386 or FreeBSD/amd64 host?
>> I'm especially interested in trying FreeBSD/sparc64 port, but I'd also l=
ike to
>> test the FreeBSD/powerpc and the FreeBSD/arm ports on an emulator, befor=
>> seeking real hardware.
> QEMU claims PowerPC and ARM emulation support, but I don't know if
> it's good enough to run FreeBSD. =A0PearPC is another PowerPC emulator,
> but it was mainly targeted at running MacOS and the project appears to
> have been stagnant since 2005.

I'll check it out, thanks.

> It depends a bit on what you're trying to determine. =A0If you're
> looking to test stability or performance, the results you get from an
> emulator are unlikely to have any real comparison to what you get on
> real hardware.

Basically, I'm interested in assembly language programming on those
platforms. So if they ran in an emulator, that would be ideal, but I wouldn=
mind a couple of real hardware boxes if there's no software alternative.

BTW, have you guys any experience with emulators/gxemul? It doesn't
cover sparc but claims to implement a complete arm and powerpc
machine, at least for the corresponding netbsd ports.


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