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NetBSD is an open source Unix derivative based on the Berkeley Software Distribution that aims for platform independence through clean separation between the hardware and the the kernel.[1] It has been ported to many platforms from embedded systems to 64-bit computers.[2]

NetBSD for classic Macs[]

The 68k port of NetBSD, originally known as MacBSD, was the first free operating system to run on a Mac. It requires a Motorola 68040, or a 68030, or a 68020 with a 68851 memory manager. Systems with a Motorola 68LC040 processor to not have full FPU support.[3]

The PowerPC port of NetBSD supports most Power Macintosh or PowerPC-based Macs since 1995. It requires Open Firmware support.[4]


  1. NetBSD at the Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing. 2006-04-29.
  2. Platforms supported by NetBSD, The NetBSD Project. 2021-07-05.
  3. About NetBSD/mac68k, The NetBSD Project. 2021-05-15.
  4. About NetBSD/macppc, The NetBSD Project. 2021-05-15.

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