NetBSD/amiga 1.2 was the third formal release of
Christian E. Hopps was the maintainer of NetBSD/amiga at the time of the 1.2
NetBSD/amiga 1.2 runs on any Amiga that has a 68020 or better CPU with
some form of FPU and MMU, and on DraCos which still have a CIA.
The minimal configuration requires 4M of RAM and about 65M of disk
space. To install the entire system requires much more disk space,
and to run X or compile the system, more RAM is recommended. (4M of
RAM will actually allow you to compile, however it won't be speedy. X
really isn't usable on a 4M system.)
Here is a table of recommended HD partition sizes for a full install:
partition: advise, with X, needed, with X
root (/) 20M 20M 15M 15M
user (/usr) 65M 100M 55M 90M
swap ----- 2M for every M ram -----
local (/local) up to you
As you may note the recommended size of /usr is 20M greater than
needed. This is to leave room for a kernel source and compile tree
as you will probably want to compile your own kernel. (GENERIC is
large and bulky to accommodate all people).
People with 4M systems should count on allocating a larger
Devices supported by NetBSD/amiga 1.2 include:
- A4000/A1200 IDE controller
- SCSI host adapters:
- 33c93 based boards: A2091, A3000 builtin, and GVP Series II
- 53c80 based boards: 12 Gauge, IVS, Wordsync, Bytesync and
- 53c710 based boards: A4091, Magnum, Warp Engine, Zeus and DraCo builtin.
- FAS216 based boards: FastLane Z3, Blizzard I
- Video controllers:
- ECS, AGA and A2024 built-in on various Amigas
- Retina Z2, Retina Z3 and Altais.
- Picasso II.
- GVP Spectrum.
- Piccolo SD64
- Cybervision 64.
- Merlin (Zorro 2 only)
- Network interfaces:
- A2060 ARCnet
- A2065 Ethernet
- A4066 Ethernet
- Ariadne Ethernet
- ASDG Ethernet
- Hydra Ethernet
- Quicknet Ethernet
- Tape drives:
- Most SCSI tape drives including:
- Archive Viper
- Cipher SCSI-2 ST150
- CD-ROM drives:
With the machine independent PINT interface integrated, these should work:
- SCSI-2 scanners behaving like SCSI-2 scanner devices
- HP Scanjet II
- Mustek SCSI scanners
- Amiga floppy drives with Amiga (880kB
/ 1760kB) and IBM (720kB / 1440 kB) block encoding.
- Amiga parallel port
- Amiga serial port
- Amiga mouse
If it is not on the above lists, there is no support for it in this release.
Especially (but this is an incomplete list), there is no driver for:
Cyberstorm SCSI options, Blizzard III SCSI, Blizzard IV SCSI, Ferret SCSI,
If you're interested in installing NetBSD/amiga 1.2, you should look at
Known problems with some hardware
- the Emplant SCSI adapter has been
reported by a party to hang after doing part of the installation
- Fastlane SCSI is reported to show data
errors and hangs at least when used with multiple devices on the
bus. This might be a problem with any FAS board.
- SCSI scanner support is machine
independent, so it should work, but hasn't been tested yet on most
Amiga configurations. There are reports that it Mustek and HP Scanjet
hang if accessed from the A3000. This might apply to other
- Our floppy driver doesn't notice when
mounted floppies are write-protected at the moment. Your floppy will
stay unchanged, but you might not notice that you didn't write
anything due to the buffer cache.
If you're interested in NetBSD/amiga you should use a
more recent version.
Up to NetBSD 1.2 formal release
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