NetBSD/i386 is the port of NetBSD to generic machines ("PC clones") with 32-bit x86-family processors. It runs on PCI-Express, PCI, and CardBus systems, as well as older hardware with PCMCIA, VL-bus, EISA, MCA, and ISA (AT-bus) interfaces, with or without math coprocessors.
NetBSD/i386 was the original port of NetBSD, and was initially released as [NetBSD 0.8](http://www.netbsd.org/releases/formal-0.8/) in 1993.
Frank van der Linden is the current port maintainer of NetBSD/i386.
The minimal configuration for a NetBSD/i386 system requires 4M of RAM and about 40M of disk space.
For a full installation (including source and X11), at least 8M of RAM and 200M of disk space are recommended.
Any i486 or better CPU should work - genuine Intel or a compatible such as Cyrix, AMD, or NexGen.
Devices (driver names in parenthesis) supported by NetBSD/i386 include:
* Machine-independent drivers for ISA devices
* Machine-independent drivers for PCI devices
* Machine-independent drivers for EISA devices
* Machine-independent drivers for PCMCIA devices
* Machine-independent drivers for Cardbus devices
* Machine-independent drivers for ATA devices
* Machine-independent drivers for SCSI and ATAPI devices.
* Machine-independent drivers for USB devices
* Machine-independent drivers for MII devices (IEEE 802.3 Media Independent Interface, typically used for physical media interfaces for FastEthernet controllers)
* Machine-independent drivers for MCA devices
* Standard PC floppy controllers (fdc) and drives (fd)
* Adaptec 284x VLbus SCSI host adapters (ahc)
* NCR 53C80 port-mapped and memory-mapped SCSI host adapters (nca)
* The PC speaker (pcppi and sysbeep)
* Logitech bus mouse (lms)
* Microsoft InPort mouse (mms)
* PS/2 mouse (pms)
* Joysticks on game ports (joy)
* MDA, CGA, VGA, SVGA and HGC Display Adapters (pccons or wscons).
* not all of the display adapters supported by NetBSD/i386 will work with X. See the XFree86 FAQ for more information.
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