Qemu vs KVM with Novell Netware 3.12

So I received an interesting tip, talking about the latest Qemu version, when it was mentioned that it isn’t the hardware that is at fault with Netware not running, but rather something in the emulated CPU.

Because, get this, Novell Netware runs in KVM.

Novell Netware 3.12

Novell Netware 3.12

I was taken back, all this time I thought it was something in the -M isapc definition that broke, but it’s the CPU!  I even rebuilt Qemu with the TCG interpreter, and it too breaks.  I even went one more crazy step, and installed with the ancient isadisk controller, and NE2000 on the ISA bus, and it works!

So for now my old copy of Netware I bought a million years ago lives in the cloud!

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What is there to tell? I’ve loved UNIX like things since I was first exposed to QNX in highschool (we had the Unisys ICONS!), and spent the better time of my teenage years trying to get my own UNIX… I should have bought Coherent in retrospect.. Anyways latched onto Linux in 1992, and then got some old BSD admin books and have been hooked on the VAX BSD & other big/ancient things since…!

12 thoughts on “Qemu vs KVM with Novell Netware 3.12

  1. “So for now my old copy of Netware I bought a million years ago lives in my butt!” I love cloud-to-butt.

    We should setup an IPX network. You have the emulated cisco stuff to make it possible.

    • Dynagen/Dynamips support network link over UDP tunnelling… As long as both sides can open a UDP port it really is quite simple to setup.

      We could even to PPTP or OpenVPN, with static IP’s and again to the dynagen/dynamips thing. Another possibility is to alter the HecNET source code, to do IPX/SPX instead of DecNET.

      There is all kinds of things we can do…. 😉

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