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About NetBSD/macppc

NetBSD/macppc is a relatively new NetBSD port. The first binary release for macppc was NetBSD 1.4. It supports most Apple Power Macintosh computers with PowerPC processors and Open Firmware. For older (680x0-based) Macintosh computers, see NetBSD/mac68k. There is also an experimental NetBSD/bebox port for Be, Inc's PowerPC-based BeBox.

Almost all PPC Macs introduced after August 7, 1995 are supported. There is a complete list with details.

NetBSD/macppc News

2006-11-27: Binary packages for pkgsrc-2006Q3 available
Jan Schaumann has uploaded binary packages for NetBSD-3.1/macppc from the pkgsrc-2006Q3 branch into ftp://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages-2006Q3/NetBSD-3.1/macppc/.
2005-01-20: Mac mini supported
Matt Thomas posted a message to the port-macppc mailinglist announcing that the brand new Mac mini is supported by NetBSD/macppc!

Archive of NetBSD/macppc news items

Supported System Models

If you successfully install on a system not listed here, send an email to .

Apple iMac

  • iMac (Bondi Blue)
  • iMac (5 Flavors)
  • iMac (Slot Loading)
  • iMac (Summer 2000)
  • iMac (Early 2001)
  • iMac (Summer 2001)
  • eMac

Apple iBook

  • iBook and iBook SE
  • iBook (Dual USB)
  • iBook (Late 2001)
  • iBook (16VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM)
  • iBook G4

Apple Power Macintosh

  • Performa 4400, 54xx, 5500, 6300/160, 6360, 6400, 6500
  • Power Macintosh 7200, 7500
  • Power Macintosh 7300, 7600, 8500
  • Power Macintosh 8600/200,250,300
  • Power Macintosh 9500/120,133
  • Power Macintosh 9500/150,180,180MP,200
  • Power Macintosh 9600/200,233,300,350
  • Power Macintosh (Beige) G3 Minitower, Desktop, All-in-One
  • Power Macintosh (Blue and White) G3
  • Power Macintosh G4/350,400 (PCI)
  • Power Macintosh G4/350,400,450,500 (AGP)
  • Power Macintosh G4 Cube
  • Power Macintosh G4/400, 450MP, 500MP (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • Power Macintosh G4/466, 533, 667, 733 (Digital Audio)
  • Power Macintosh G4/733, 867, 800MP (Quicksilver)
  • Power Macintosh G4/867, 933, 1000MP (Quicksilver 2002)
  • Power Macintosh G4/1, 1.25MP, 1.42MP (FW 800)
  • Power Macintosh G4 (Mac mini)

Apple PowerBook

  • PowerBook 2400, 3400, G3, and G3 Series
  • PowerBook (FireWire)
  • PowerBook G4/400,500 (Titanium)
  • PowerBook G4/550,667 (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • PowerBook G4/667,800 (DVI)
  • PowerBook G4 (12-inch)
  • PowerBook G4 (15-inch)
  • PowerBook G4 (17-inch)

Apple Network Server

  • Apple Network Server 500 and 700

Apple Xserve

  • Apple Xserve
  • Apple Xserve (Slot Load)

Clones

  • APS Tech M*Power 604e/2000
  • Motorola Starmax 3000, 4000, 5000, 5500
  • PowerComputing PowerBase
  • PowerComputing PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerCurve, PowerTower
  • PowerComputing PowerTower Pro, PowerWave
  • UMAX J700, S900
  • UMAX Apus 2000, Apus 3000, C500, C600

Similar systems may be supported. We recommend that you consult the Model support page for more information.

The earliest PowerPC machines lack Open Firmware, and are not yet supported in NetBSD. mkLinux is the only free unix that supports them, although if you are interested in porting to these models you should post to the .