NetBSD/i386 1.3

NetBSD/i386 1.3 is the sixth formal release of NetBSD/i386.
NetBSD 1.3.3 is a patch release which should be used in preference to NetBSD 1.3.

Charles Hannum and Frank van der Linden are the maintainers of NetBSD/i386.

Supported Hardware

NetBSD/i386 1.3 runs on ISA (AT-Bus), EISA, PCI, and VL-bus systems with 386-family processors, with or without math coprocessors. It does NOT support MCA systems, such as some IBM PS/2 systems. The minimal configuration is said to require 4M of RAM and 50M of disk space, though we do not know of anyone running with a system quite this minimal today. To install the entire system requires much more disk space (the unpacked binary distribution, without sources, requires at least 65M without counting space needed for swap space, etc), and to run X or compile the system, more RAM is recommended. (4M of RAM will actually allow you to run X and/or compile, but it won't be speedy. Note that until you have around 16M of RAM, getting more RAM is more important than getting a faster CPU.)

Supported devices include:

Support for devices marked with "[b]" requires BIOS support for PCI-PCI bridging on your motherboard. Most reasonably modern Pentium motherboards have this support, or can acquire it via a BIOS upgrade.

Hardware the we do NOT currently support, but get many questions about:

We are planning future support for many of these devices.

If you're interested in installing NetBSD/i386 1.3, you should look at the installation notes. If you have any problem with installing X you should check the XFree86 Documentation.

Mailing Lists There are various NetBSD mailing lists, including an i386 specific port-i386.
Obtaining NetBSD To obtain NetBSD/i386: via CD-ROM, an ftp mirror near you, or direct from

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