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Old 06-04-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
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Question Question about Darwin OS

Are there any people here who have tried darwin? Is it easy to set up a dual boot w/ windows XP pro?

Better yet, does anybody have a good website with instructions on how to do a dual boot install w/ darwin?

thx in advance!
Old 06-05-2004, 12:58 PM   #2
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Darwin is the Mac OS X open source kernel. Since it runs on the Mac G series CPU mother boards, only Darwin, OS X and Yellow Dog Linux (a few other Distros maybe) will run on that hardware

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Old 06-05-2004, 02:13 PM   #3
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Here's a big Google search on running Darwin:

But, it should run on a PC-- since it's open source, it can be compiled for several different platforms.
Old 06-05-2004, 05:31 PM   #4
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From the Apple Darwin FAQ:
Q. What is Darwin?

A. Darwin is a version of the BSD UNIX operating system that offers advanced networking, services such as the Apache web server, and support for both Macintosh and UNIX file systems. It was originally released in March 1999. Darwin currently runs on PowerPC-based Macintosh computers, and is being ported to Intel processor-based computers and compatible systems by the Darwin community.
So no, you can't run the "official" Darwin on x86 architecture.

From the OpenDarwin FAQ:
Will the x86 version run on my hardware?
[versions] 6.01, 6.02, 6.6.1, 6.6.2

Please check hardware compatibility at:

[versions] 7.01, 7.2.1

Starting with Darwin 7, the cd install image uses the El Torito format and supports different hardware. There is no current way to tell what specific releases work with a given piece of hardware. It appears that some hardware that worked with 6.x doesn't work with 7.x, and that some new hardware may be added to 7.x.
So with OpenDarwin the answer is "maybe".

There is also a GNU-Darwin project that is based on OpenDarwin and will run on x86. I have no idea what the point of GNU-Darwin is since they don't seem to do any work of their own.
Old 06-05-2004, 05:53 PM   #5
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No I've got the offical darwin releasse that's both for powerpc and x86 (all on one disk) I can bot to it but I'm trying to see if there is an easy wasy to dual boot form one disk... I've read some info that says it will whipe foy windows partitions if you try to install on the same HD... so I was looking for advice.
Old 06-05-2004, 10:17 PM   #6
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I'd do a bit of research on the installation process of Darwin.

Like any other OS, its partitions should have a partition ID. You could perhaps use the Linux fdisk utility to make a partition with the Darwin ID, and then install to that partition.

If all else fails, walk through the Darwin installer, up until the point that it's asking you to format or repartition the system. If it's a sane OS, it won't actually format or install until you tell it to, so you could at least hit ^C to cancel the process, or even just restart the computer without any ill effects. Consider it a "dry run", if you will.
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I have installed Windows XP and OpenDarwin 8.01 x86 on one harddisk and I can boot them dual.
My computer is:
Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
512 MB RAM
64 MB Nvidia Grahipcs
80 GB Maxtor Harddisk.

I will try to explain how I did it:

I have partitioned my harddisk into two partitions (one is 70 GB and the other is 10 GB).

First of all I have installed Windows XP on the first partition.
After the installation of windows, i formatted the second partition from windows as fat32 or ntfs (not so important).
This partition is a primary partition, and i don't know whether it is important to be a primary or an extended partition or not.

I then boot with OpenDarwin 8.01 x86 install CD (you can download it from )
(Note: I have a usb mouse and ps/2 keyboard. after i boot with opendarwin CD i could not use the keyboard. then i put my usb mouse into the mouse ps/2 by an usb to ps/2 adapter. then i reboot with CD and voila... )

Then Opendarwin asks :
"The following devices are available for installation:
1. Maxtor ....
2. ...
Which device would you like to install Darwin onto? "
And you must choose the harddisk where Windows is installed.

The next question is:
"For partitoning the disk, you have the following choices:
1) Auto-partition the disk ...
2) Manually partition the disk ....
3) Use existing partitions "
You should choose "3) Use existing partitions"

The next step is :
"The following partitions are available:
Which will be the root partition?"
You should choose now your second partition.

And then it asks the type of filesystem:
hfs+ should be chosen.

And then you should choose clean install.

And then the installation starts.
After the installation you reboot your computer.
At this step you can not boot opendarwin but you can boot your windows xp.
start your windows.
In the opendarwin installation CD there is a boot file(its name is chain0) for open darwin in the following location:
copy the file "chain0" into the C:\
and then edit C:\boot.ini with your editor write the following lines at the end of the file:
C:\chain0="OpenDarwin 8.01 x86"
and then save it.
and that is all. the next time you turn on your computer, you will see a boot menu and you can choose opendarwin and boot it.

enjoy your opendarwin
Old 07-28-2005, 03:15 PM   #8
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Hi all,
Excuse me I have made a small mistake.
The above process functions if you install the open darwin on a second harddisk.
I have tried on my computer on the second harddisk and it functions. And I thought theoretically it must also be ok on the second partition but then i removed from the second harddisk and installed on the second partition of the first harddisk. Then I got "hfs+ partition error".
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Red face steps to download and install darwin os in windows or linux

can any body help me find website to download darwin os as iso file and i am tired of searching it . steps to download and install darwin os as separate or within windows xp or linux


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