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Listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
- PowerPC ('New World') machines (ones with built-in USB ports, 1999-2006)
MPC85XX evaluation boards, AmigaOne X5000, AmigaOne A1222 (powerpcspe)
Open Firmware-based Power5 machines and succesors (including 9133), powerpc64 only
- Playstation 3 (powerpc64 only, starting with FreeBSD 9.0)
- Raptor Computing Systems
Tyan GN70-BP010 Power8
- Raptor and Tyan machines:
- Install the FreeBSD ISO via USB. FreeBSD 12 is mandatory; FreeBSD-CURRENT is recommended for Blackbird.
- Apple machines:
- Starting with 9.0, the installer works properly, and most of the following instructions can be ignored:
- Sometimes you need these hints:
Booting from hard drive: boot cd:,\BOOT\LOADER cd:0
PXEbooting: boot enet:0,\\loader.ppc
- Booting alternative kernels easily from loader:
Edit /boot/defaults/loader.conf and uncomment the loader_delay="3" line.
- Reboot and press Ctrl-C during the delay after loader starts. (quick series of dots)
U-boot installs: powerpc/UBoot-Install
X11 on Power8/Power9 is still a work in progress.
However, xorg should work on all supported Apple hardware. Console restore after leaving X11 may or may not work, depending on your graphics hardware.
Peter Grehan tested X11 on:
- rev B iMac (Rage 3D Pro 215GP, accel disabled).
700Mhz eMac (Nvidia GeForce2 MX)
12" 1.33G G4 powerbook (Nvidia GeForce G5200)
- and Martin Minkus has run it on a 350MHz iMac, Rage 128VR.
On ATI Radeon-based machines there are still some problems:
Sometimes Option "NoAccel" is required
- The Xserver sometimes seems to have problems querying the Monitor Modes
uaudio(4) works. snd_ai2s(4) and snd_davbus(4) support built-in audio on various Mac models.
Open Firmware Quick Reference: http://www.firmworks.com/QuickRef.html
Garance A. Drosehn's description about FreeBSD on the Minimac: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ppc/2005-January/000814.html
FreeBSD on the PowerMac G-series thread on the FreeBSD Forum: https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/13827/