First of all appologies to Mikorist for posting this concept here but just wanted to stimulate some interest & discussion with regards to a "Scatty Idea" I have been thinking about.
It's a "bit off the wall" but I thought I would just share it anyway!
I have been scouting around the net looking for a small light & preferably fast operating system that is capable of loading Qemu to in turn load other operating systems within a virtualised enviroment like Virtual hardware drivers NIC etc. I know that it is impossible to get away entirely from hardware driver detection etc & the candidate needed to be preferably freeware. I have tentativly looked at linux (as there are lots of mini systems available as well as Winimize, however Win98se would require a CD key as it is not open source or freeware.
One idea I have had is to use a very small operating system called MenuetOS (32bit), it is very small (Fits on a floppy disk or could be loaded from Grub4dos from an image file, it incidently is written entirely in ASM hence its very small size) & as luck turns out might be able to load Qemu. One drawback I have found is there is no Dos or CMD.exe which is used to run Qemu, I think? So at the first hurdle, it seemed that MenuetOS could not run Qemu?
However, I have visited the MenuetOS Forum, specifically the 32Bit GPL section found here (My posting):
& posted a question. A very helpful moderator there called "Villemt" has posted a link which takes you to some library files that will permit Qemu to run in MenuetOS
I think it is used for gamers etc. Anyway I have posted a reply in respect of these library files to try to determine which ones are required to run Qemu & this was the reply:
This answer floored me, as my technical skills are not advanced enough to interpret what this means really!!!
You need to convert the system calls which Qemu uses to Menuet system calls. The library has many already available. Also, you need to use the Menuet header in Qemu executable file.
My thoughts are centred not on running games but running other Os's (possibly the lot run in Ram) loaded from a very small fast OS like MenuetOS (Front loaded) that will load Qemu then load the presribed OS within Qemu? Can anyone tell me would this setup be possible & further benefits that could be derived from an emulated system run in this way.
I hope I have not confused anyone with this posting, it is deemed appropriate, & is not to controvershal. The benefits at a first glance may not be "glaringly" apparent but may provide some spin off benefits due to fast load time combined with Emulation on old systems maybe with minimal resources & obsolete drivers etc?
Ideas/thoughts from those with the prerequiste skill & knowledge, would be welcomed!
Regards & Best Wishes,