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[20071218] NetBSD ported to the IBM MCA RS/6000 model 7006
Tim Rightnour has reworked NetBSD's powerpc-ports recently, and with support from Kevin Bowling and he has announced the NetBSD port to the IBM MCA RS/6000 model 7006 now, which makes NetBSD the first free Operating System to run on this class of machines:

``The port was made to an IBM 7006-41T, which is a 601-based machine with MCA. It has not yet been tested on any other machines, but most other MCA/PowerPC based machines should be supportable. This port does not yet run on the 7012-3xx class of machines, or any other machine that has a POWER, POWER-RSC, POWER2 or POWER2-SC CPU. POWER-class machines will require significant CPU code to be written.

This port does not cover PReP-based IBM RS/6000 machines, for those, please see port-prep. For OpenFirmware based RS/6000 machines, please see port-ofppc.''

See Tim's posting for more information on machines that are likely to run this port with more or less effort, the state of the port, how to rebuild from NetBSD's source, and a sample dmesg output.

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[20060928] bsdtalk070 - Interview with NetBSD Developer Tim Rightnour
Tim 'garbled' Rightnour has worked on various PowerPC-related porting efforts recently, among them polishing of the prep port. The latest bsdtalk article has an interview with Tim, available as mp3 and ogg.

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[20060223] NetBSD booting on IBM 7024 model E20 workstation (Updated)
Tim Rightnour got NetBSD booting on an IBM 7024 model E20, see his mail for a dmesg output. What's an IBM 7024 model E20? Apparently a slightly dated IBM workstation - 100MHz PowerPC, whee! :)

Update: Jonathan Montgomery wrote me that a full description of the E20 is given in IBM's announcement letter for it (dated 10th Oct 1995).

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