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posted by LaminatorX on Friday February 21 2014, @05:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-don't-care,-I'm-still-free.-You-can't-take-the-garage-from-me dept.

demonlapin writes:

"Brian Benchoff at Hackaday has an ambitious new project: a homebrew computer based not on a classic 8-bit processor like the Z80 or 6502, but on the 16-bit Motorola 68000. It's a backplane-based machine with wire-wrapped connections planned. His first summary post is here. Blinkenlights are planned."

[ED Note: With so much commercially available hardware getting more and more locked down, projects like this are a good reminder of what is possible for a dedicated enthusiast.]

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by thomasdotnet on Friday February 21 2014, @04:16PM

    by thomasdotnet (1583) on Friday February 21 2014, @04:16PM (#4396)

    I learned C and 68k Assembler on an Amiga. Someone recreated the 68k processor and all of the custom chips from the first generation Amigas in an FPGA system. Nice starting point for someone that wanted to explore this via the FPGA route. Without reading the Wikipedia entry, I'll say I recall it was all open source.

    I know there was once a version of unix that ran on Amigas as well.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimig/ [wikipedia.org]

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