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GRUB can load NetBSD a.out and ELF directly, follow these steps:
Set GRUB's root device with root (see root).
Load the kernel with kernel (see kernel). You should append the ugly option --type=netbsd, if you want to load an ELF kernel, like this:
grub> kernel --type=netbsd /netbsd-elf
Run boot (see boot).
For now, however, GRUB doesn't allow you to pass kernel parameters, so it may be better to chain-load it instead. For more information, please see Chain-loading.
Node: OpenBSD, Next: DOS/Windows, Previous: NetBSD, Up: OS-specific notes
The booting instruction is exactly the same as for NetBSD (see NetBSD).
2) so it looks like chainloader is the best afterall?