Subject: Re: powermac g3 (beige) available
To: None <regional-nyc@NetBSD.org>
From: Amitai Schlair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/23/2006 11:42:33
Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> 1) Does it run NetBSD?
It does, though getting it installed and bootable will take some
finagling with Open Firmware.
> 2) What sort of drives does it need?
It takes an ordinary 3.5" IDE drive. IIRC, the first-rev beige G3
motherboards couldn't handle slave devices, so the hard drive was one
master, the CD-ROM was the other, and that's all it could take on IDE.
Mine has an internal SCSI Zip drive as well. There isn't room for much
more than that.
Similar to old PC BIOSes, the root partition needs to come entirely with
the first 8GB or so of the disk in order to be bootable.
I ran KDE 2.x on one of these machines a few years ago. The experience
was not unreasonable.