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This page attempts to track the current issues of the Debian/m68k Linux port. Mailing list is at and more information can be found in this Wiki under M68k and M68k/Porting.


Read M68k/Installing for a list of all possible ways.

Quick start: Get an Aranym/Quick image (sid from Janurary 2015) and update it. Once you have it running, grab a /var/cache/pbuilder/base.cow at M68k/Cowbuilder or run “cowbuilder --create” with the appropriate options yourself or install sbuild.


The first batch of buildds is working since Christmas 2012, thanks to ?IngoJuergensmann and WouterVerhelst.


Works. Regularly updated images are available here


Some packages are in Debian unofficial ports unreleased, not in unstable, because they need m68k-local patches. For some, this is because maintainers keep unstable frozen during the squeeze/testing freeze in order to be able to upload fixes via unstable. For some, this is a collection of patches or workarounds that are not, or will not be, included in the proper Debian packages. Once installed, however, it’s fine to work from unstable only (unless you want to hack the packages from unreleased).


We're using the default GCC version that Debian uses.

An LLVM port is work-in-progress

A Rust port has been started but is waiting for the LLVM to be completed


Works since version 8. Most patches upstreamed.

core system


The latest upstream kernel works. We use the default kernel from unstable.

Amiga: The stock kernel should work on all Amigas. Support for some external graphics cards is missing. Most block device drivers and network drivers work.

Atari: The stock kernels work on ARAnyM, but lack Ethernet drivers on real hardware that aren’t in mainline yet but only on Geert’s branch (they might end up in Linux 3.9 though). The kernels may not work on an Atari TT (see the mailing list for information about that).

Macintosh: Tested to work on a Centris 650, works. Other 68k Macintosh machines are reported to work as well.

VME: ?AdrianGlaubitz has a VME machine, but no installation tests run yet.


Most outstanding issues are apparently fixed now. We still seem to have invalid locale files leading to lots of segfaults building some d-i package.


Fixed, works.


rsyslog works now, though you might still want to use sysklogd ;-)


Seems to work now, too; apt-get is still better, but pbuilder-satisfydepends-aptitude is usable and does not suffer from #695076 which made building KDE packages impossible.

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