OpenBSD/mac68k runs on many of the Motorola 680x0-based Apple Macintosh
It requires a Motorola 68020, 68030, or a 68040 processor. If you have a
68020, it will also need a Motorola 68851 PMMU (note that this is
different from the 68881, which is an FPU).
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There is currently no maintainer for the mac68k port, although
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The mac68k port of OpenBSD was derived from NetBSD/mac68k, and it
used to support most of the same hardware as NetBSD.
Active building and testing of OpenBSD/mac68k was discontinued after
OpenBSD 4.6 due to lack of interest with developers and builder.
All hardware listed in the
supported hardware section below should boot
multi-user, and support enough of the on-board devices to be generally
Projects (in no particular order):
- Support more devices.
- Repair X support
OpenBSD/mac68k runs on a large part of the 680x0-based Macintosh
The kernel itself has support for the following processor combinations:
- 68020 with 68851 PMMU and 68881 FPU
- 68030 with 68882 FPU
- 68040 (not including the 68LC040)
The following Macintosh models are supported and tested.
This means that at least the SCSI controller, serial console and on-board
ethernet will function on these models.
On some of these machines, a full 68040 CPU is required to replace the
default 68LC040 CPU.
- Classic family: SE30
- LC family: LC, LC II, LC III, LC III+, LC475, Performa 400-430, Performa 450, Performa 460, Performa 475, Performa 476
- Centris family: 610, 650
- Quadra family: 605, 610, 630, 650, 660AV, 700, 800, 840AV, 900, 950
- Internal SCSI controllers and peripherals:
- Quadra/Centris series' onboard NCR 53c96 SCSI controller
- Macintosh II-series', Performa, and LC-series' onboard NCR 5380 SCSI controller
- SCSI disk drives
- SCSI cdrom drives
- Tape drives
- Internal sound
- NuBus internal expansion bus
- Internal video and most NuBus video cards
- Both internal serial ports
- ADB keyboards and mice
(adb) (except on the IIfx, Quadra 900 and 950).
- Ethernet cards based on the Natl. Semiconductor 8390 (Asante, Apple, and a few others)
- Quadra/Centris AV series' onboard MACE ethernet
- Some ethernet cards based on the SONIC chip including internal Ethernet on many of Apple's non-AV Quadras/Centrises
The following Macintosh models are untested and/or lack support for major
subsystems. It is very likely that many of these system don't work at all.
- Classic family: Color Classic, Classic II
- Macintosh II family: Mac II, IIx, IIcx, IIci, IIsi, IIfx, IIvi, IIvx, Performa 600
- 500 family: 520, 550, 575, 580, Mac TV
- PowerPC-based Macs. Some of these are supported in the
- Powerbook family. Hardware capabilities limit the usability of these
- Machines based on the 68LC040 processor.
Unfortunately, the chip itself contains a major bug for which there is
no software workaround available in OpenBSD.
- Apple Communication Slot (CS) ethernet cards.
- Any other NuBus card not listed above.
- Floppy drive.
- IOP ADB subsystem on the IIfx, Quadra 900 and 950.
- IDE drives.
Getting and installing OpenBSD/mac68k:
The latest supported OpenBSD/mac68k release is
Here are the
OpenBSD/mac68k 4.6 installation instructions
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