NetBSD/mac68k 1.2 was the third formal release of
was the maintainer of NetBSD/mac68k at the time of the 1.2 release
NetBSD/mac68k 1.2 runs on several of the older Macintosh computers.
A minimal system requires 4M of RAM and about 65M of disk space.
By leaving out a package or two, the system can be squeezed onto
a 40M disk. At least 8MB of RAM and 200MB of disk space are
recommended for more serious use. The following Macintosh
hardware is supported:
If you have a device that's not listed, it might be compatible with something
else, or we might have simply forgotten it. If all else fails, maybe you could
write a driver!
- Mac II (with PMMU)
- Mac IIx
- Mac IIcx
- Mac IIci
- Mac SE/30
- Mac IIsi
- Mac IIvx
- Mac IIvi
- Performa 600/600CD
- LC 550, Performa 550
- Internal SCSI bus and most SCSI tapes, disks, and CD-ROMs
- Internal sound (enough to beep on some machines, anyway)
- Most basic NuBUS video cards (there have been some problems with
some 24-bit color cards)
- Both internal serial ports
- ADB keyboards and mice
- NUBUS ethernet cards based on the National Semiconductor 8390
(Asante, Apple, and a few others; see the
ethernet status page)
- Machines with no FPU. Floating point emulation for '030-based
machines without a 68882 is now available.
Some systems will boot and are usable from an external terminal
(serial tty or SLIP):
Please note that many of these systems will work with custom kernels.
Check out the
status page for details.
Major items often asked about, but not supported in 1.2 include:
- LC III, LC II
- Some PowerBooks (PB 145, 160, 165c, 170, 180)
- Possibly others
Don't see something you're looking for? Check to see you see if it's in
the current system or on the
- Other ethernet interfaces. There is no driver written yet for
interface cards built on the SONIC (83932) chip.
- 68040-based Macs. Work is in progress on getting a many of the
Quadras running. This requires (at least) a new SCSI driver
and a new ethernet driver.
- Accelerator cards are not supported with cache enabled. Most 68030
accelerators run NetBSD/Mac68k with cache disabled. There may be a
version of NetBSD-current that will permit the cache to be enabled soon.
- PowerMac - That is not the Mac 68k platform. PowerPC is a
completely different architecture. Work is proceeding on that,
too, but it is not part of this port.
Other documents of interest
For more questions, see the
info document, or the
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