Of course, if you are a hardcore nix person, you can still use BSD without all the gui. In the picture below is NetBSD running in the text mode with a familiar game of Tetris running on it.What is unusual about this system is that it was installed from the internet using floppy disks as the boot media. Try that with your proprietary systems. The perfect system for people without a lot of resources.
Like Openbsd and Freebsd, they both will run on about anything with a cpu. In fact, I still think we have the cdrom that will run on the Sega Dreamcast.
Like Linux, BSD has a tremendous amount of software available from various repositories. Linux and BSD are not exactly alike, but you can move from one to the other without much trouble. You can always use the "man" command. Want a change, then give BSD a try.
Netbsd supported platforms:
Tier I: Focus — support is part of NetBSD's strategy (top)Focus ports are the architectures that NetBSD targets as part of its strategy. The platforms consist of modern server, embedded and desktop architectures. The guidelines are as follows:
- Machine independent (MI) changes should benefit these ports.
- MI changes must be tested on at least one of these ports.
- It is the developer's responsibility to implement machine dependent (MD) support necessary for changes, fix build problems and aid in debugging with any platform-specific problems.
- Even within a port, common sense should be used (cf. the i386 port which still supports 486).
- Regressions in the automated NetBSD test suite (/usr/tests) are not allowed.
Port CPU Machines Latest Release amd64 x86_64 64-bit x86-family machines with AMD and Intel CPUs 6.1.4 evbarm arm ARM evaluation boards 6.1.4 evbmips mips MIPS-based evaluation boards 6.1.4 evbppc powerpc PowerPC-based evaluation boards 6.1.4 hpcarm arm StrongARM based Windows CE PDA machines 6.1.4 i386 i386 32-bit x86-family generic machines ("PC clones") 6.1.4 sparc64 sparc Sun UltraSPARC (64-bit) 6.1.4 xen i386, x86_64 Xen Virtual Machine Monitor 6.1.4
Tier II: Organic — evolving at its own pace (top)Organic ports are highly valued by the NetBSD project, but their development is not as tightly mandated as that of the focus ports. Generally speaking, the hardware platforms of organic ports have lost their industrial relevance, or there is not enough community activity for the port to make it to the first tier. The guidelines are as follows:
- Generally speaking, the port boots and works, but keeping it working is the responsibility of the user community. This includes, but is not limited to, kernel changes and toolchain upgrades.
- Developers committing MI changes are still encouraged to keep ports up-to-date when it can be easily done.
- MI architecture decisions may penalize organic ports if there is a benefit for focus ports.
- If the port is not working at release time, a release is done without the port and the port is moved down to the life support tier.
|acorn26||arm||Acorn Archimedes, A-series and R-series systems||6.1.4|
|acorn32||arm||Acorn RiscPC/A7000/NC and compatibles||6.1.4|
|algor||mips||Algorithmics MIPS evaluation boards||6.1.4|
|alpha||alpha||Digital Alpha (64-bit)||6.1.4|
|amiga||m68k||Commodore Amiga, MacroSystem DraCo||6.1.4|
|amigappc||powerpc||PowerPC-based Amiga boards||6.1.4|
|arc||mips||Machines following the Advanced RISC Computing spec||6.1.4|
|atari||m68k||Atari TT030, Falcon, Hades||6.1.4|
|bebox||powerpc||Be Inc's BeBox||6.1.4|
|cats||arm||Chalice Technology's Strong Arm evaluation board||6.1.4|
|cesfic||m68k||CES's FIC8234 VME processor board||6.1.4|
|cobalt||mips||Cobalt Networks' Microservers||6.1.4|
|dreamcast||sh3||Sega Dreamcast game console||6.1.4|
|emips||mips||Machines based on "Extensible MIPS"||6.1.4|
|epoc32||arm||32bit PSION EPOC PDA||none|
|evbsh3||sh3||Evaluation boards with Renesas (Hitachi) Super-H SH3 and SH4 CPUs||6.1.4|
|ews4800mips||mips||NEC's MIPS based EWS4800 workstations||6.1.4|
|hp300||m68k||Hewlett-Packard 9000/300 and 400 series||6.1.4|
|hp700||hppa||Hewlett-Packard 9000/700 series||6.1.4|
|hpcmips||mips||MIPS based Windows CE PDA machines||6.1.4|
|hpcsh||sh3||Renesas (Hitachi) SH3 and SH4 based Windows CE PDA machines||6.1.4|
|ia64||itanium||Itanium family of processors||none|
|ibmnws||powerpc||IBM Network Station Series 1000||6.1.4|
|iyonix||arm||Iyonix ARM pc||6.1.4|
|landisk||sh3||SH4 based NAS appliances by I-O DATA||6.1.4|
|luna68k||m68k||OMRON Tateisi Electronics' LUNA series||6.1.4|
|macppc||powerpc||Power Macintosh and clones||6.1.4|
|mipsco||mips||Mips family of workstations and servers||6.1.4|
|mmeye||sh3||Brains' mmEye Multi Media Server||6.1.4|
|mvme68k||m68k||Motorola MVME 68k SBCs||6.1.4|
|mvmeppc||powerpc||Motorola MVME PowerPC SBCs||6.1.4|
|netwinder||arm||StrongARM based NetWinder machines||6.1.4|
|news68k||m68k||Sony's m68k based "NET WORK STATION" series||6.1.4|
|newsmips||mips||Sony's MIPS based "NET WORK STATION" series||6.1.4|
|next68k||m68k||NeXT 68k 'black' hardware||6.1.4|
|ofppc||powerpc||Generic OpenFirmware compliant PowerPC machines||6.1.4|
|pmax||mips||Digital MIPS-based DECstations and DECsystems||6.1.4|
|prep||powerpc||PReP (PowerPC Reference Platform) and CHRP machines||6.1.4|
|rs6000||powerpc||MCA-based IBM RS/6000 workstations||6.1.4|
|sandpoint||powerpc||Motorola Sandpoint reference platform||6.1.4|
|sbmips||mips||Broadcom SiByte evaluation boards||6.1.4|
|sgimips||mips||Silicon Graphics' MIPS-based workstations||6.1.4|
|shark||arm||Digital DNARD ("shark")||6.1.4|
|sparc||sparc||Sun SPARC (32-bit)||6.1.4|
|sun3||m68k||Sun 3 and 3x||6.1.4|
|x68k||m68k||Sharp X680x0 series||6.1.4|
|zaurus||arm||Sharp C7x0/C860/C1000/C3x00 series PDA||6.1.4|