Install Novell Netware on the Raspberry PI – QEMU Prep

I am old school. I started my Netware crusade in 1989 when you had to generate the client from OBJ files. Later Netware 2.2 made things simpler but 3.x was a major leap forward and as far as I am concerned, Netware 4.11 / 4.2 was the zenith of operating systems from Novell. Netware 5.1 was sweet being all IP and stuff and Netware 6.5 just tried to do too much, though very cool! Really wish Novell moved forward with a 64bit OS with a custom boot loader instead of mixing in Linux.

First we need to compile QEMU from source, the Apt-get repository doesn’t quite do the trick. Seems there is a bug in that version that doesn’t allow Netware to run a complete install. Netware was always picky of CPU’s.

My quick notes on compiling QEMU on the Raspberry PI.
If you are installing on a Raspberry PI 4 with 2gb of ram, you are good to go. If you have a Raspberry Pi 3 or 3+ lying around, you can use that too but you will need to setup a larger swap file than the default 100mb by default.

sudo nano /etc/dphys-swapfile
Edit the line CONF_SWAPSIZE=100 and change it to CONF_SWAPSIZE=1024 for a 1 gigabyte swapfile. This is mainly needed for compiling.

sudo dphys-swapfile swapoff to turn off the swapfile.
sudo dphys-swapfile setup to create the new swapfile.
sudo dphys-swapfile swapon to turn on the new swapfile.

Install all required libraries:
sudo apt-get install git libglib2.0-dev libfdt-dev libpixman-1-dev zlib1g-dev git-email libaio-dev libbluetooth-dev libbrlapi-dev libbz2-dev libcap-dev libcap-ng-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libgtk-3-dev libcap-dev libcap-ng-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libgtk-3-dev librbd-dev librdmacm-dev libsasl2-dev libsdl1.2-dev libseccomp-dev libsnappy-dev libssh2-1-dev libvde-dev libvdeplug-dev libvte-2.91-dev libxen-dev liblzo2-dev valgrind xfslibs-dev libnfs-dev libiscsi-dev ninja-build flex bison

Make a pot of coffee while requirements are installed.

Get the latest QEMU Source:
git clone

Compile time, This is going to take a while.

Pour a fresh cup

cd qemu
git submodule init
git submodule update --recursive
make -j4
sudo make install

This is going to take a while to find something to do. It took approximately one hour to finish compiling. When it is finished, you will have a clean fresh install of QEMU installed on your PI.

Until then, Peace out.