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About NetBSD/amd64

NetBSD/amd64 is a port to the AMD64 family of processors; it supports CPUs that implement the 64-bit x86 architecture. This covers all recent AMD and Intel models.

NetBSD/amd64 is a true 64bit operating system. Running 32-bit NetBSD/i386 binaries is supported as well; see compat_netbsd32(8). Running 32-bit 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.

NetBSD/amd64 News

2007-01-07: 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 seen at: Abit's uGuru page.
2006-07-29: 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/.
2005-04-09: 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/.
2003-05-10: 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.
2003-05-10: 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 snapshot area of the ftp server. This snapshot has some important improvements in it. For details, look at the README file.
2003-04-26: 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.