MacBSD (aka NetBSD, FreeBSD; officially NetBSD/mac68k and NetBSD/macppc) is a freeware alternative to Unix and Linux. TuxSystem requirements are very modest - it can run on most Macs with a 68030 CPU or later, although there are problems with Macs based on the 68LC040.

For a full, up-to-date list of supported models and features, visit the NetBSD/mac68k Machine Status page. For a quick overview, scroll down this page.

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System Requirements, NetBSD/mac68k

  • 4 MB RAM required, 8 MB recommended, 16 MB preferred
  • 80 MB hard drive minimum, 100+ recommended, 350 MB or larger user partition suggested
  • swap partition optional, but strongly recommended; suggested at twice the size of RAM

System Requirements, NetBSD/macppc

  • PCI Power Mac (NuBus models not supported)
  • 603 or later CPU (601 not supported)

Models Supported, 68k

Models Supported, ppc

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