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Re: can NetBSD work on Power Macintosh 6100?
Michael <macallan%netbsd.org@localhost> wrote:
>On Nov 4, 2008, at 8:25 AM, Havard Eidnes wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> someone donated me a very old Power Macintosh,
>>> I know it's completely useless but i was wondering if it is possible
>>> to install there any version of NetBSD or MkLinux just to play with
>>> I'm also interested in learning about porting NetBSDand low level os
>> according to the macppc model support page we maintain (linked
>> from the macppc port page) at
>> the 6100 unfortunately falls into the "we don't support it
>> because it does not use OpenFirmware" category. That's at least
>> unlikely to change in the short term (and I'm not aware of anyone
>> working to fix it).
>It also falls into the "we don't support it because it's a NuBus box"
We have NuBus code for mac68k.
>> As for other OS variants and whether they support it, I'll have
>> to say "pass".
>IIRC MkLinux is the only free unixish OS that supports it.
I tried booting MkLinux on one a few years ago, it didn't get very
var IIRC. My 6100 doesn't seem to want to talk to the display now
so I can't check.
>In other news - we do have 601 support for quite some time now, the
>chipset in these Macs should be rather similar to those used in some
>Quadras - what's missing is a boot loader that works on PowerPCs.
>Didn't someone work on NuBus PowerMac support a while ago?
As well as MkLinux there is supposed to be support for NuBus PowerMacs
in the Linux/PPC tree <http://nubus-pmac.sourceforge.net/>.
The BootX bootloader for Linux/PPC is available with source, so could
be extended to boot NetBSD too. The first task would probably be to
make it build using MPW.
I haven't tracked down the source to the MkLinux Booter so don't know
if it would be better.
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