We need more developers! The biggest obstacle this project faces is a
shortage of developer time. If you're interested in contributing to the project,
please contact the mailing
lists. Technical skills are not necessary.
Some information for developers may be found on the project page,
particularly the issue tracker.
- NuBus. The Nubus code doesn't exploit the Linux driver model. Fixing this would improve many device drivers, and may also help the Nubus PowerMac Linux port.
- NuBus device info. Technical information on various NuBus cards is appreciated.
- Multiple monitor support. This has always been a strong point of MacOS. Why can't we do the same for Linux?
What info? On 68k Macs? Who are you kidding?
Apple has not been very helpful about providing information on its 68k hardware
with sufficient detail to write drivers or port an operating sytem — to say the least.
Apple's developer publications are the only official source of hardware information.
Two books in particular are applicable to Macintosh models released up until 1990:
The Guide to Macintosh Family Hardware and
Designing Cards and Drivers for the Macintosh Family.
After that, we have to depend on Apple's Developer Notes (for what they're worth).
Developers have managed to collect some additional technical information.
This area will serve as an "information dump" for any and
all bits of (public) technical info collected from around the web.
- 68k Mac basic specs
Some basic machine specs.
- The Mac Almanac by James Olson
This documents some of the low-level stuff under MacOS. It's current as
of 1990 - in other words, perfect for m68k! :) This may be of use to anyone
looking to write a new driver.
- IWM floppy controller info
Provides technical info about the old 800k IWM floppy controller.
It's written for the Apple IIgs, but the same might apply to the early Macs,
including the II.
- Mac Plus technical info
Anyone interested in porting uCLinux? Well here's a good start. Some of
this information may also apply to the later Macs.
- Serial controller information
This is an archive of GIF images scanned from info from Zilog about the 8530
- SCSI controller information
Scanned info about the 5380 SCSI chip.
- VIA controller information
Scans about the 6522 VIA chip.