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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 MachineShedFred on Friday February 21 2014, @04:22PM

    by MachineShedFred (1656) on Friday February 21 2014, @04:22PM (#4399)

    The biggest issue with doing that would likely be getting the contents of the Macintosh ROM, and the system software. You could probably find the ROM chips and scrape an image, and even find old boot floppies to get the ancient system software, but there's that whole copyright issue. And we know how Apple loves their copyrights.

    That being said, electrically, the original Mac is incredibly simple (now).

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