netatalk-classic-20200921 released

I’ve been repairing old 68030- and 68040-class Macintoshes for the past few years. It’s a fun hobby, and allows me to reconnect to an Apple era that was long-gone by the time I joined Apple.

At this point, we have a SE/30, a Classic II, a IIsi, an LC III, a Centris 650, a Quadra 700, and a Quadra 950. All are networked, either through Asanté PhoneNet-to-Ethernet bridges or direct Ethernet.

For the last quarter-century, Netatalk has been the go-to solution for file/printer sharing between UNIX and AppleTalk. Version 2.2.6 was the last release that supported classic DDP AppleTalk (as opposed to AppleTalk-over-TCP/IP, aka “DSI”). Unfortunately, the codebase rotted a bit and needed cleanup to run on current Linux and NetBSD releases.

Now that I’m retired, I have time to work on fun projects like this. I’ve spent the past few months refactoring the 2.2.6 codebase; it’s now at the point where I consider it good enough for public consumption.

I’m calling it “netatalk-classic”. It works out-of-the-box with NetBSD, and seemed okay on Linux once they fixed the Huawei commit that broke AppleTalk (as discussed at — full disclosure, I’m the guy that tried and failed to get the maintainer to fix the broken code that he himself had approved, so I’m a bit bitter).

Release tarball is at and the GitHub source is at

Share and enjoy. Please drop me a line if you find this useful or need functionality that was removed.

About Chris Kobayashi

I'm a security systems engineer, specializing in UNIX, network, and physical security. I'm in Tokyo, and I'm mostly retired now. I'm well-versed in both electrical and software engineering, with a particular interest in old computers and game consoles. You can contact me here.
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2 Responses to netatalk-classic-20200921 released

  1. MacTjaap says:

    Doug pointed me at your project. Absolute fantastic!!

    I’m the maintainer of the MacIPpi (, a project which makes it possible to surf (uuhhh Telnet…) the Internet with your old LocalTalk only Macintosh. File sharing out of the box is also included.
    Recently I released beta rc01 of 5.01. Now for Raspberry Pi. This build also relies heavy on Netatalk 2.2.6.
    I’m really very happy that you provide a future for netatalk!

    • Hello,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I didn’t mention this in the announcement, but I’ve added MacIPGW to the project. It was forked from Stefan Bethke’s SourceForge repo, and probably doesn’t work as well as Jason’s fork on Linux.

      I’d greatly appreciate it if you could try this out in your framework. Feedback greatly appreciated, as I don’t use Linux to serve AppleTalk.

      Thanks again,

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