NetBSD/amd64 is a port to the AMD64 family of processors and
supports all other CPUs that implement the 64bit AMD64
architecture. These currently include AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64,
and Intel CPUs with the EM64T extension.
NetBSD/amd64 is a true 64bit operating system. Running
32bit NetBSD/i386 binaries is supported as well, see
compat_netbsd32(8). Running 32bit Linux emulations will
be available in the future, the setup will be similar to
the one described in compat_svr4_32(8).
The port was first committed to the NetBSD source tree as NetBSD/x86_64
on June 19th, 2001 and renamed to NetBSD/amd64 on April 26th, 2003.
The original work to do this port was done by Frank van der Linden at
Wasabi Systems, assisted by
AMD, who provided the simulator
(Simics VirtuHammer), pre-release hardware and access to a range
of Opteron hardware through the
AMD Developer Center.
The port is fully functional. It has been tested on single-CPU and
multiprocessor (SMP) Opteron configurations. Since the release of NetBSD 2.0,
it is a completely supported platform.
Abit uGuru Hardware monitor driver
Thanks to the work of Mihai Chelaru, a driver for the Abit uGuru
Hardware system monitor was committed in -current. Abit uGuru is
a hardware chip in the Abit(TM) motherboards to monitor and control
the system including fans, temperatures and voltages. For now
the ug(4) driver only can show the values on these sensors.
A pullup has been sent for netbsd-4, so it will appear in the
next major NetBSD version. More information about uGuru can be
Abit's uGuru page.
Binary packages for pkgsrc-2006Q2
Jan Schaumann has uploaded binary packages for NetBSD-3.0/amd64 from the
pkgsrc-2006Q2 branch into ftp://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages-2006Q2/NetBSD-3.0/amd64/.
Binary packages for pkgsrc-2005Q1 available
Jan Schaumann has uploaded binary packages for NetBSD-2.0/amd64 from the
pkgsrc-2005Q1 branch into ftp://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages-2005Q1/NetBSD-2.0/amd64/.
amd64 completely crossbuildable
Frank van der Linden announced that the NetBSD/amd64 Port is now
completely crossbuildable. Please see his message
to the port-amd64 Mailing List for details.
New -current snapshot available
The most recent snapshot, based on 2003-05-10 sources is now
available as a bootable ISO install image, located at the NetBSD/amd64
area of the ftp server. This snapshot has some important
improvements in it. For details, look at the
Mailing list renamed
The mailing list, port-x86_64, has been renamed to port-amd64. Users
who were subscribed to the old list do not need to resubscribe.