Powerpc port

Simon Chang simonychang at gmail.com
Fri Mar 21 07:26:12 PDT 2008

Hi there,

On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 9:13 PM, K. Bradford <int.0x0080 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have installed 7.0-RELEASE on an old Mac G4.
>  I have cvs'ed the latest sources (using the RELENG_7 tag)
>  in order to track 7.0-STABLE.


Yeah, the information about FreeBSD seems rather biased toward
i386/amd64/IA64 and maybe the Alpha.  At any rate the PowerPC is
officially a tier-2 platform so there isn't as much support available.

What you can do, though, is to get basic information like device node
names and such from NetBSD.  I got NetBSD 3.0 running on my PowerMac
G4/533 more than a year ago, and it ran just about flawlessly (it had
some problems shutting down, i.e. froze, but other than that there was
nothing I could complain about).  Some of the setup information,
particularly with regards to how OpenFirmware interacts with the boot
loader and boot devices, may be relevant.  At any rate, NetBSD has had
considerable experience porting the OS to the PowerPC platform so it's
worth a try.

Check out this (huge!) how-to at:


Good luck,


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