Subject: Re: 7.5 & BSD <- o.k.?
To: William V Roth <>
From: Dameon D. Welch <>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 02/09/1995 13:37:17
Quotes from the great literary masterpieces of William V Roth:
>Is NetBSD compatible with sys 7.5?  This version has no 32 bit mode init; 
>therefore, I can't switch it with Mode32.  Also, I heard that Mode32 is 
>unstable with an SE/30.  Is this instability preferable to running NetBSD 
>with Apple's 32bit init?

You can get Mode32 from most online services (which you'll need if you
want to run NetBSD).

Four problems I've noticed:

1. It has the annoying ADB bug that causes your machine to freeze if
it gets an ADB signal while the screen scrolls. This can be fixed
by using the MRG kernel, though.

2. If you have SCSI-2 devices, you get the infamous and sporatic
"biodone already" kernel panic.

3. You have to boot with relatively *no* extensions (Mode32 and Memory
excepted) and be in 1-bit color mode if you have an external color
card like I do.

4. dt & X doesn't work on the external monitor.

Between those things, I decided it was best to go back to MacOS.
Especially since what I'm doing can be done there a bit faster, all
things considered. Although I wish they had a real Taylor UUCP
implementation under MacOS, too.

< Dameon D. Welch (,, et al. ) >
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