About NetBSD/luna68k

NetBSD/luna68k is a port of NetBSD to the LUNA product line of OMRON Tateisi Electronics, Japan. The LUNA was a 20MHz/m68030 desktop computer at the age of then-booming UNIX workstations, roughly comparable to a sun3/60 and any m68020/m68030 unix boxes at that time. It is a descendent of the company's 6U VME deskside m68010 box nicknamed Supermate, and was succeeded by a m68040 variant, LUNA-II. It has a rare cousin LUNA-88K which sports 4 88k processors geared by CMU Mach2.5.

NetBSD/luna68k News

2013-01-05: Native bootloader
Native bootloader support for NetBSD/luna68k ELF kernel has been committed. It's based on 4.4BSD/luna68k's "Stinger" bootloader written back in 1992 and 1993, and now we can load NetBSD/luna68k kernels from any SCSI disks or over LANCE Ethernet both on LUNA-I and LUNA-II.
2011-11-12: Completion of LUNA-II support
After ~12 years since initial import, finally we have got NetBSD/luna68k working on 68040 based LUNA-II. The working LUNA-II was demonstrated on NetBSD booth at Kansai Open Source 2011. See an event driven commit log for details.
2011-07-16: The Resurrection of NetBSD/luna68k
After almost a lost decade since NetBSD/luna68k was switched to using ELF format by default back in 2001, now NetBSD/luna68k is working on the real SX-9100/DT LUNA hardware again. It was also demonstrated on NetBSD booth at Open Source Conference 2011 Kansai @ Kyoto. See an event driven commit log for more details.

Archive of NetBSD/luna68k news items

Supported System Models

NetBSD/luna68k runs on the original LUNA and the successor LUNA-II, and supports the following devices:

  • built-in serial port ('ttya')
  • network interface: AMD LANCE with AUI or BNC port (switch-selectable)
  • monochrome/color graphics video board
  • keyboard and mouse
  • SCSI devices; (including built-in TEAC cassette tape drive)
  • LCD on front panel; (/dev/lcd is under development)

Unsupported Models Devices

NetBSD/luna68k doesn't yet support the following devices:

  • any devices controlled by dedicated 8bit I/O processor; serial ports ('tty00, tty01'), printer parallel port ('lp'), floppy port ('rfd') and YM2149 sound generator
  • optional X.25/GP-IB multiple function board
  • NEC PC9801 C-Bus option slot

Support for the deskside predecessors is not planned at this moment.