Subject: NetBSD/powerpc on PowerMac (Re: NetBSD server)
To: None <>
From: Masami and Ken Nakata <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/28/1997 09:07:48
On Thu, 23 Jan 1997 15:57:53 -0800 (PST),
Bill Studenmund <> wrote:
> Note: I still hope to see a unified port (non-mk), but mklinux is growing
> fast, with a PowerMac NetBSD port not too close. With such a server, we
> could (hopefully) get something up soon. Plus we let Apple port it to
> all the Macs. :-)

Last time this line of topic was brought on the port-mac68k list, I
kind of got the impression from Joson (Thorpe)'s post that
NetBSD/powerpc ran on PowerPC systems with OpenFirmware support which
PCI-PowerMacs do have thus it was possible to run NetBSD/powerpc on a
PCI-PowerMac (not on the NuBus-PowerMacs that are supported by
MkLinux).  I deduced, because device drivers would have to interpret
OFW ROM each time it does I/O, it would run with some (probably
significant) performance penalty.

Would anyone care to clarify?