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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:20 pm    Post subject: Quick Architechture Question: Motorola 68000 [SOLVED] Reply with quote

I have an old Macintosh SE (not SE/30) lying around and before looking into installing Minix 1.5 or Apple's System 6, I was wondering if it's possible to install Gentoo on it. maybe a very old image is hosted somewhere with M68k support? If this isn't being asked in the right place, please redirect me.

Here are the specifications from Wikipidia, I don't know the amount of RAM in mine, because this thing is a pain to take apart and it's been a long time since I looked.
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    Processor: Motorola 68000, 8 MHz
    System Bus Speed: 8 MHz
    ROM Size: 256 kB
    Data Path: 16-bit Level 1
    RAM Type: 150 ns 30-pin SIMM
    VRAM Type: Built-in
    Standard RAM: 1 MB
    Maximum RAM: 4 MB
    RAM Slots: 4 (in pairs)
    Standard Hard Drive: 20 MB
    Int. Hard Drive Type: SCSI
    Standard Disk: 3.5 in, 800 kB, 800 kB x 2 (auto)
    Exp. Slots: SE PDS
    Battery Type: 3.6 V lithium
    Display: 512x342 9 inches (23 cm) monochrome[2][6]
    Video memory: 512x384x1
    Supported Mac OS: 3.3–7.5.1, 7.5.3–7.5.5
    Avg. Weight: 17.0 lb/7.7 kg


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to http://www.linux-m68k.org/ you need a 68020 CPU with 68851 PMMU to run Linux, so likely no.

That being said, I had run Linux on a 2MB 16MHz 386SX in the past and it was not pleasant, and I don't even think it's possible to run it now on such due to the memory bloating with modern software.
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