Subject: SEGA Dreamcast port and mailing list
To: None <>
From: Marcus Comstedt <>
List: port-dreamcast
Date: 01/05/2001 20:39:10
 * SEGA Dreamcast port and mailing list

In July, Saitoh Masanobu <>, a developer in Japan,
successfully booted the NetBSD kernel on his Dreamcast, a game console
made by SEGA Corporation.  The port used was the NetBSD/evbsh3 port
for evaluation boards using the Super-H processor family also used in
the SEGA Dreamcast.  Although this port contained no code specific to
the Dreamcast, the fact that the CPU contained builtin peripheral
modules such as timers and serial ports meant that the generic code
could still make a working system with a serial port console.

The Dreamcast port has now been split from the NetBSD/evbsh3 port into
a port in its own right.  This means that the work on support for
Dreamcast-specific hardware can now begin.  The Dreamcast port can boot
up in single-user mode from a ramdisk (and play Rogue!), but since the
serial port is still the only supported hardware device, it is not yet
very useful to end users.  Please see below for a current dmesg

The NetBSD/dreamcast port has been made possible by the developers of

  Saitoh Masanobu <>: main developer
  Jun-ichiro "itojun" Hagino <>: port maintainer

If you're interested in keeping up-to-date on the progress of this port,
or in becoming a part of the development efforts, there's now a separate
mailing list for the Dreamcast:  This list can
be subscribed to either on the NetBSD web site[1] or by sending a mail
with the body of "subscribe port-dreamcast" to
More information will soon be available on the NetBSD/dreamcast port


 - Marcus Comstedt (portmaster NetBSD/dreamcast)
   The NetBSD Project

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NetBSD 1.5Q (GENERIC) #28: Fri Jan  5 01:52:02 MET 2001
total memory = 16384 KB
avail memory = 11272 KB
using 230 buffers containing 920 KB of memory
mainbus0 (root)
shb0 at mainbus0
scif0 at shb0 port 0xffe80000-0xffe8000f irq 12
scif0: console
biomask c0000000 netmask c0000000 ttymask e0000000
md0: internal 3000K image area
boot device: <unknown>
root on md0a dumps on md0b
readclock: -1900/0/0/0/0/0(0)
WARNING: clock time is invalid.
WARNING: reset to epoch time!
init: copying out flags `-s' 3
init: copying out path `/sbin/init' 11