Supported architecture

SecBSD/amd64 runs on AMD's Athlon-64 family of processors in 64-bit mode. It also runs on processors made by other manufacturers which have cloned the AMD64 extensions.

X Window System support is available for most graphics cards, using the X.Org server. As with other free operating systems it is highly recommended that Nvidia cards are avoided since this vendor continues to show tremendous resistance towards releasing information that would allow X.Org to support their hardware properly.

Current status:

The only major shortcoming at this time is that the kernel debugger ddb is somewhat poor.

Supported hardware:


All versions of the AMD Athlon 64 processors and their clones are supported.

Graphics Support

Basic graphics support should support most hardware, but some features like video or 3D acceleration require additional driver support. Unsupported devices will typically still work in VESA or EFIFB mode.

AMD devices use a confusing mix of code names and rebadging. Some devices expected to work:

  • Products using "Northern Islands," "Southern Islands," or "Sea Islands" graphics cores.
  • AMD Radeon 5000 series
  • Earlier AMD and ATI models are expected to work as well.

Intel devices can be confusing as well. Some devices expected to work:

  • Intel Kaby Lake (found on i-7xxx CPU)
  • Intel Skylake (found on i-6xxx CPU)
  • Intel Broadwell (found on i-5xxx CPU)
  • Intel Broxton/Apollo Lake
  • Intel Amber Lake
  • Intel Gemini Lake
  • Intel Coffee Lake
  • Intel Whiskey Lake
  • Earlier Intel models and revisions are expected to work as well.
  • The PowerVR graphics found on some Atom CPUs are not supported.

Unsupported Hardware:

New hardware is constantly being released, some of which may lack support. Your donation, hardware, or documentation can accelerate this support!