Subject: Re: NeXT?
To: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: Rolf Grossmann <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/03/1994 17:01:02

on Wed, 2 Nov 1994 20:25:46 +0100 der Mouse wrote 
concerning "Re: NeXT?" something like this:

>> Is there a NetBSD implementation for the NeXT machines?  I'm using an
>> origial NeXT w/ 030 and the single floptical.  Apparently the stupid
>> thing is kind of BSDish but not really, and its uses the MACH
>> kernal... duhhh
> I've got a Cube (with 68040, according to the ROMs on reset) and am
> looking at getting NetBSD running on it.  So far only minor progress
> has been made - I know how to talk to the screen and keyboard, but not
> as yet anything else.  Once I dope out the SCSI controller and figure
> out how much of the disk layout the ROMs know, perhaps I'll be able to
> get something running....

Hey, I never expected anyone to be interested in this, as NeXTStep already
is a BSD flavour and _in my view_ the look and feel of NeXTStep is much
better than X11 (and if you still need X11 you can get it anyway).

Now, as I like "kernel hacking" ;-) I'd like to offer some manpower to
help with a NeXT port in my (admittedly little) spare time.

I have a NeXTStation (mono, 25MHz Version) and I'm currently running
NeXTStep on it, although I'm mostly using the command-line interface ;)

Did you already try and ask NeXT if they supply any information about
their hardware? If not, I'd make a try. Once you know enough about the
hardware it shouldn't be too hard to get something running, as there are
already Ports for the m68k Processor.

> Unfortunately, it's slow going, because I don't have a whole lot of
> spare time, and this is strictly a spare-time project.

I'd really like to help, if you're seriously interested in getting
it to work. Please let me know how I can do that.

Bye, Rolf