Subject: Re: PowerPC
To: None <>
From: Ken Nakata <>
List: netbsd-ports
Date: 11/28/1994 18:00:15
   From: Joachim Isaksson <>
   Date: Mon, 28 Nov 1994 22:03:07 +0100 (MET)

   >> Just [...] wondering if anyone has been thinking about/
   >> started a PowerPC port of NetBSD.

   > Are you talking RS6000, PReP, PowerMac, or that new IBM-Apple
   > child of PReP and PowerMac?

   Well, basically anything I can get my hands on, the memory handling/low level
   stuff would be the first thing to fix, so I guess it's not until it comes to
   device drivers etc. it would have to divert in a big way. Preferrably a
   somewhat more 'open' system than the current powermacs though.

We've heard Linux PMac people were having hard time touching raw
hardware (which is likely, from what I've read, because on PowerMacs
everything including OS runs in user mode) on one of macbsd-* lists.
Naturally, I wouldn't want to touch those things.

I also hear that Motorola *is* actually selling PReP compliant 601/604
motherboards (a 604 motherboard is about $1,200- with loaded devices
like builtin video, SCSI-2 port, serial ports, and possibly Ethernet,
according to an article posted on comp.sys.mac.hardware or something,
which would make a full system just about $3,000 or so).

I'll dig up the article if anyone is interested in these PReP mother-