I guess the tadpole is probably used to Solaris. But equally, I guess that Sun will have no idea what Tadpole did to the BIOS. Google tadpole and bios password?
Can you boot the HP9000 from CD?
do I deserve everything I get for straying from Linux?
Linux is all about choice. You may stray as you choose. However, like software, choice does not come with any warranty.