NetBSD/i386 is the port of NetBSD to generic machines ("PC
clones") with 32-bit x86-family processors. It runs on
PCI-Express, PCI, and CardBus systems, as well as older hardware
with PCMCIA, VL-bus, EISA, MCA, and
ISA (AT-bus) interfaces,
with or without math coprocessors.
NetBSD/i386 was the original port of NetBSD, and was initially
released as NetBSD
0.8 in 1993.
80386 support removed
Support for the 80386 processor has been removed as this processor
doesn't have the necessary instructions for efficient operation of a
modern Operating System. Also, there are going to be very few systems
of this age that still function and the ones that do would have a
very hard time with a modern version of NetBSD.
Xbox support integrated into -current
Microsoft Xbox support has been integrated into -current by Andrew
Gillham and Jared D. McNeill. A bootable ISO image, sample root
filesystem, and instructions are available on the NetBSD ftp server here.
binary packages for i386 available
Manuel Bouyer announced
the availability of new binary packages for NetBSD/i386 2.1 and 3.0
The packages were built from the latest branch
Niels Provos has changed i386 pmap(9) in -current to use a splay
tree instead of linked lists, thereby made fork(2) scale much
better as the number of processes increases.
Archive of NetBSD/i386 news items