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Re: AmigaOne X5000

Hello Frank,

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. I was installing NetBSD on some servers at a data center about 7 hours away.

On Mar 4, 2017, at 5:38 AM, Frank Wille wrote:

Al Zick wrote:

The AmigaOne X5000 is out! In fact, I have one. It seems fast, but
AmigaOS doesn't give it much of a work out.
[...] The author of this article believe like me that
NetBSD needs to be ported to the new PowerPC system. There must be
someone who can port to this system.

Amiga/68k is probably the wrong mailing list, so I added port-powerpc.

You're right, I just didn't think anyone else would listen.

The X5000 has a P5020, which is BookE e500mc. AFAIK we already support e500, so it might be not too difficult to add. The situation here looks a bit better than with the SAM 440/460, which are still lacking 440- support in NetBSD (not mentioning the AmigaOne X1000 with its strange PA-Semi CPU).

So, this sounds much more doable.

Then there is also the Tabor A1222 with P1022 CPU (as I understand this is a plain e500 core, which is already supported), which is about to appear.

This even sounds more promising.

I might be interested in working on a port, but I would need to buy any of the new hardware models first, which is most difficult because of space
problems. ;)

I think I may have found someone who would be willing to donate a motherboard to a developer who can port NetBSD to it. If space is a problem, then I am not sure how this would work.

So I am most interested in the new PPC notebook from ACube Systems, which
may be using a T2080 CPU (e6500 core).

I would really like to get one of these too. My G3 powerbook with the G4 (550 MHz) upgrade is really showing its age.

Frank Wille

What can be done to get things started?

Since we already have support for the e500 I would be interested in trying to boot a kernel to see how far it gets. Which kernel would you suggest? Is there any hope of it booting, but only using one core?

Kind Regards,

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