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About NetBSD/amiga

NetBSD/amiga is the port of NetBSD to the Amiga line of personal computers by Commodore and [Amiga International] and to the DraCo by MacroSystem GmbH.

Development activity on NetBSD/amiga continues at a speed dependent on people's spare time. Currently, NetBSD/amiga runs on any Amiga [1] that has a Motorola 68020 or better CPU with some form of MMU, and on 68060 DraCos. For 68020 and 68030 systems, a FPU is recommended but not required. 68LC040, 68040V and 68LC060 systems don't work correctly at the moment.

Due to the MMU requirement, it will not run on A500, A600, A1000, A1200, A2000, A4000/EC030, CDTV or CD32 out of the box. You must install a CPU board on them to run NetBSD.

The minimum RAM requirement is about 24 MB FASTMEM, the minimum hard disk space needed is about 250 MB, depending on how many system components you install. Check the install document for more details.

Release Info

Mailing List

The NetBSD/amiga mailing list, covering NetBSD's port to amiga machine: [ subscribe | archive ]

Mail the NetBSD/amiga port maintainer

Supported Hardware

[1] There has been a report that the GVP '030/50MHz accelerator only works when all memory banks are switched to Extended (J12?).

[2] The Emplant SCSI adapter has been reported by a party to hang after doing part of the installation without problems.

[3] 3Dfx Voodoo 3 and Banshee cards are only supported with wscons and only if installed in a compatible PCI bridge. Voodoo 4 and Voodoo 5 boards might work but are untested. X server is not supported on Voodoo yet. Currently Voodoo needs initialization in AmigaOS before starting the NetBSD (unless used with G-REX, which does this on a firmware level).

[4] CVPPC/BVPPC cards are only supported with wscons and only with unaccelerated genfb driver. X server is not supported on these cards yet.

[5] No X server for Retina Z2 and A2410, currently.

[6] The DraCo Zorro-2 bus does not recognize a couple of boards (known: Melody Z2, ITH ISDN Master II). Worse: boards in ConfigIn/ConfigOut order behind them won't be found, either. This is not a NetBSD problem, but a design problem in the board.

[7] Due to a bug in amiga-specific PCMCIA code only NE2000-compatible cards are expected to work on NetBSD-9.0/NetBSD-8.1 and earlier.

[8] PCI network cards are supported only when installed in a compatible PCI bridge.

[9] There are reports that the Mustek and HP Scanjet scanners hang if accessed from the A3000. This might apply to other 33C93-adapters, too.

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