October 17th, 2003, 11:21
While looking around to make my windows pc at work a bit more desirable.. i found something that really stood out to me..

Installing NetBSD in cygwin

October 17th, 2003, 15:53
Very cool find. I wonder how useful this could become. Looks like something to use for build targets right now.

October 20th, 2003, 04:09
This is just the ability to cross-build a full NetBSD installation using Cygwin on a Win32 box. It's actually possible to cross-build NetBSD for most of the platforms from most UNIX or POSIX platforms, of which Cygwin is one. This comes in handy: cross-build a NetBSD/alpha installation on a Linux/i586 box or on a Solaris/sparc64 box. Note that you're not running NetBSD on Cygwin, only cross-building NetBSD so that you can then install it on another machine.

Cheers, jlam

January 10th, 2004, 14:11
Even if you go through all of that you don't have a true NetBSD system. Depending on what you want you might want to try running a SIMH VAX emulator on Windoze with NetBSD/vax installed in it instead.


* a real NetBSD kernel so netstat, vmstat, iostat, systat, etc all work
* fewer windoze files, albeit bigger files
* independant network identity for NetBSD, virtual MAC addr, can DHCP, etc.
* completely binary installation, no compliation needed (but you can recompile NetBSD in it)

Google on this to find docs: simh vax netbsd

Old but perfectly useable SIMH VAX binaries configured for Win32 (tested on NT4) with ethernet enabled are here: