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About NetBSD/macppc

NetBSD/macppc is a port to Apple's PowerPC-based Macintosh computers with Open Firmware. For older (680x0-based) Macintosh computers, see NetBSD/mac68k. The first binary release for macppc was NetBSD 1.4 There is also an experimental NetBSD/bebox port for Be, Inc's PowerPC-based BeBox.

Release Info

Mailing List

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

Mail the NetBSD/macppc port maintainer

Supported Hardware

Almost all PPC Macs introduced after August 7, 1995 are supported. There is a complete list with details.

If you successfully install on a system not listed here, send an email to

Apple iMac

Apple iBook

Apple Power Macintosh

Apple PowerBook

Apple Network Server

Apple Xserve


Similar systems may be supported. We recommend that you consult the Model support page for more information.

The earliest PowerPC machines lack Open Firmware, and are not yet supported in NetBSD. mkLinux is the only free unix that supports them, although if you are interested in porting to these models you should post to the

Additional Info