Linux/m68k is the port of the Linux operating system to run on systems using
Motorola's 68020, 68030, 68040 and 68060 microprocessors. Linux/m68k, like
other Linux ports, is source compatible with Linux on other platforms.
Current releases of the m68k kernel are stable on the Amiga, Atari and
Motorola MVME166/167. In addition, ports are underway to the Apple
Macintosh, HP/Apollo Domain workstations, MVME147 and MVME162, the NeXT
workstation (black hardware) and Sun 3 workstations.
Linux/m68k was the first port of the Linux operating system to a non-Intel
architecture, in 1993. Originally it started on the Amiga, but very soon it
became a true multi-machine port, with support for many completely different
machine types. As a result the core m68k code was very machine-independent
from the early beginning. Linux/m68k supports the largest variety of
differing machines among all Linux ports.
The Linux/Microcontroller project is a port of Linux 2.0 to systems without a
Memory Management Unit. At present, only Motorola MC68000 derivatives are
supported. The first target system to sucessfully boot is the 3Com PalmPilot
with a TRG SuperPilot Board and a custom boot loader they put together for
the Linux/PalmPilot port.
DR3 includes support for even more PowerPC based Macintoshes than ever
before. In addition to the early PowerMacs (6100, 7100, 8100) and
first-generation PCI systems (7200, 7500, 7600, 8500, 9500), DR3 also runs
on the second-generation PCI systems (7300, 8600, 9600), a few PowerBooks
(3400, early G3), and even a few of the later Performas. It will even run,
to a limited extent, on the latest G3 Desktops, Mini-towers, and PowerBooks.
© 1999 by Stefan Hornburg
Last modified 29. May 1999