Building QEMU 7.0 on Raspberry Pi OS

The Introduction

And spring 2022 brings us another major release of QEMU – in this case, QEMU 7.0, available in all of its tar.xz’d loveliness directly from qemu.org.

Whilst the Raspberry Pi OS‘s package repository remains the fastest, simplest way to get QEMU onto your Pi, Pi OS’s Debian lineage often leaves it trailing the cutting edge – in the case of QEMU, the packaged release for Raspberry Pi OS (version 2022-04-04) is version 5.2 from way back in December 2020.

QEMU can be installed via the Raspberry Pi OS package manager – or via ‘apt install’ on the command line. Alas, the version offered is several years behind the latest release.

Fortunately, QEMU is fairly easy to download and compile ourselves.

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Old Solaris Patches (Sunsite Mirrors)

sunsite.icm.edu.pl looks to be an old mirror of the pre-Oracle Sunsites. It’s quite useful for patches for older Solaris releases.

To get Internet Explorer 5.0 for Unix (Sparc) running on the Sparc release of Solaris 7 I ended up using:

108376-46: OpenWindows 3.6.1: Xsun Patch (Patch File)

106327-23: SunOS 5.7: 32-Bit Shared library patch for C++ (Patch File)

106950-24: SunOS 5.7: Linker Patch (Patch File)

And voila! Internet Explorer 5.0 for Unix running on the Sparc release of Solaris 7.0