NetBSD on the FriendlyARM Mini2440
Paul Fleischer has ported NetBSD to the FrienldyARM Mini2440 board.
He writes on NetBSD's current-users mailing list:
Mini2440 is an evaluation board based on the
Samsung S3C2440 ARM SoC. It comes with a DM9000 Ethernet chip and an
UDA1341 audio DAC, on-board NAND and NOR flash, a SD-card slot, and
optionally a 3.5" or 7" touch display.''
the link for dmesg-pr0n.
Detailled setup instructions are available
on the port-arm mailing list
Paul is also looking for feedback on the port, so if
you have a Mini2440 board, give it a spin and report back to Paul!
[Tags: arm, dmesg, friendlyarm, Hardware, mini2440]
GraceTech builds human-friendly computer with wood and NetBSD
Google News pointed me at Austrian company
today, founded by a long-time visionaire and NetBSD
user Raphael Langerhorst.
The website is currently only available in German
language, but the product in focus here is announced
under the label "Unified Computing". It unifies
hardware, operating system and the user environment
in a unique experience.
This is implemented with a hardware that's built of
a wooden(!) case around an ARM CPU running the NetBSD
operating system. The user environment is built by
GraceTech's own G Universe system. See
for more information.
[Tags: gracetech, Hardware, Products]
Articles: Testing and measuring the TAMS 3011, Part 1-6
I've completely missed this
by Peter Seebach over at IBM's developerWorks
until I saw a reference
in the #NetBSD blog.
The series describes the
PowerPC based TAMS 3011 architecture, some of the operating
system alternatives and then goes into porting NetBSD to it:
[Tags: Articles, Docs, Hardware, powerpc]
Of course it runs NetBSD: Force10 Networks switches / routers
After some rumours followed by inquiries, we now know:
Force10 Networks make high
performance gigabit and 10 gigabit Ethernet switch/routers. NetBSD is
the base for their FTOS software.
[Tags: force10, Hardware, Products]
USB-rechargable AA batteries,
found on Slashdot.
order information (shipping only inside UK... bah!):
Porting NetBSD to AVR32?
Amtel Norway is
offering two hardware development kits
to port NetBSD to their AVR32 CPUs. Any takers?
Ports of GCC and binutils are in pkgsrc to get started,
see pkgsrc/cross/avr*. Some work may be needed to update to latest
versions to get support for AVR32.
[Tags: atmel, avr32, Hardware]
NetBSD on Olimex CS-EP930x board (Updated)
Olimex CS-EP930x boards
are development boards for EP9301 ARM920T microcontrollers with USB,
RS232, ethernet and SD/MMC connectors.
Ivan Vasilev got NetBSD/evbarm booting on such a board, see
the dmesg output
his mail netbsd-ports@
for more information.
[Tags: arm, dmesg, Hardware, olimex]
NetBSD/ofppc boots multiuser on Pegasos
There was some discussion about the status of NetBSD on
the Pegasos board on the
port-ofppc mailing list
and Jorge Acereda Macia has posted a
dmesg of NetBSD/ofppc
now. The port uses only only the (rather slow) hardware interfaces
that are provided via Open Firmware, but that may change.
About the hardware, the
Pegasos homepage says that
``The Pegasos platform is a flexible PowerPC based mainboard and swappable CPU card that can be deployed in a variety of configurations from a thin client to a server. The Pegasos utilizes a standardized abstraction layer and a customized implementation of IEEE1275 compliant Open Firmware that allows the platform to leverage less expensive components and peripherals directed at the standard PC market, while providing PowerPC advantages of lower power consumption, lower operating temperatures and higher reliability. The platform is supported by multiple operating systems and development communities. The Pegasos is capable of adapting to commercial and industrial markets.''
[Tags: Hardware, ofppc, pegasos]
NetBSD ported to Sun JavaStation Espresso
Julian Coleman wrote to the port-sparc mailing list that
``[w]ith help from uwe@, port-sparc now boots single user on the JavaStation
Espresso. Minor modifications were needed to the PCI and interrupt mapping
code, as the Espresso is very similar to the (already supported) Krups.''
for more information including a dmesg output.
More information on the hardware is available
in the Linux on the Sun JavaStation NC HOWTO,
which tells us that an Espresso is
``extremely rare to find. It was never available for sale in quantities to either the general public or the initial JavaStation deployments, limiting the model's production quantity. To call this "Generation Three" of the JavaStation may be improper, as Espresso is nothing like the generation three JavaStation written about in early Sun marketing literature.
The Espresso was designed as an extension of the Krups. It was geared to sites that wanted a little bit more functionality and expansion capability from their JavaStations: a cross between an NC and a workstation.
Espresso is powered by the same 110Mhz MicroSPARC IIep chip as Krups . It's mainboard is similar to Krups, with the addition of PCI slots and an IDE channel for local hard disks. The IDE on Espresso was not enabled in the demo units. Those who have tried to make it work have concluded the wiring is incorrect, and it requires a hardware rework to get going.
Espresso continues with the PS2 keyboard and PS2 mouse ports from Mr. Coffee and Krups.
Espresso uses the same 168-pin, 3.3V unbuffered EDO DIMMs as Krups. The maximum amount of memory for Espresso is reported to be 96MB. As with the Mr. Coffee and Krups , the number "xx" in the Sun option number refers to the amount of memory shipped with the unit.
For video display, the Espresso uses the PCI-based IGS C2000 framebuffer, along with the same standard VGA port connector as Krups and Mr. Coffee. The on-board audio remains a Crystal CS4231 chip like Krups, and the network interface remains a Sun HappyMeal 10/100 Mbps interface like Krups as well.
Espresso came with the 9-pin serial port and 1/8" audio out and 1/8" audio in jacks of Krups, and a new addition of a parallel port, and a second 9-pin serial port. Espresso also comes with the flash memory to load your OS on and bypass the network boot cycle.
One new addition to the Espresso is a smart card slot. ''
They also have a
picture of the machine.
[Tags: dmesg, espresso, Hardware, sun]
NetBSD ported to I-O DATA HDL-G "Giga LANDISK" (Updated)
Catching up on source-changes, I found that
NONAKA Kimihiro has committed code to the NetBSD/evbarm
port to support NetBSD on the "Giga Landisk" NAS device, a harddisk
with some additional USB ports plus a Gigabit ethernet interface.
for a bit more information.
Unfortunately the link given in the
doesn't work for me...
Kimihiro-san has sent me a link to an
english language page
describing the HDL-G400U,
BTW for those asking "where to buy", see the "Global Link" section
on the left, which has links to offices in
[Tags: Hardware, landisk]
Tux-shaped computer runs Linux
Can I get this in daemon form, please?!
[Tags: Hardware, linux]
Sun made documents relating to the UltraSPARC-T1 CPUs (niagara)
Let's hope it's complete enough to really do a port.
Oh, where do we get hardware or an emulator? And lots of spare time? :)
[Tags: Hardware, sparc64]
I wonder what operating system
(if any?) this
guitar with an ethernet plug
runs, and if it would run NetBSD.
Found by Stefan Schumacher, who pointed me at a
german language article
about the thing.
[Tags: funny, Hardware]
NetBSD booting on IBM 7024 model E20 workstation (Updated)
Tim Rightnour got NetBSD booting on an IBM 7024 model E20, see
for a dmesg output.
What's an IBM 7024 model E20?
a slightly dated
- 100MHz PowerPC, whee! :)
Jonathan Montgomery wrote me that a full description
of the E20 is given in IBM's
announcement letter for it (dated 10th Oct 1995).
[Tags: Hardware, prep]
Powered by NetBSD: Panasonic BL-C10A Network Camera
Panasonic BL-C10A Network Camera
link from the devices embedded websever support section that states
"This product uses the part of the NetBSD kernel..." with a link to the
four part BSD license and a listing of all the authors who
[Tags: camera, embedded, Hardware, panasonic, Products]
Installing NetBSD on the Soekris net4801
that tells how to netboot your Soekris net4801 from an
Mac (running MacOS X) and putting NetBSD on it.
Includes some fancy
[Tags: embedded, Hardware, images, soekris]
C=64 style PC-in-Keyboard
report (german language),
$550US doesn't sound too bad... anyone want to send me one? :)
100EUR Laptop, a different approach
If you buy a mobile phone with a 1-2 year contract in Germany,
you get the phone hardware for ~free. A similar deal is planned
by T-Mobile for notebooks equipped with UMTS modems:
You can get a laptop for 100EUR (about $120US), which includes a
UMTS-contract for 2 years, which amounts to another 50-100EUR per
month for data/traffic.
(Source: Spiegel.de, german language)
Anyone wanna make sure NetBSD runs on these machines? ;)
[Tags: Hardware, olpc]
Colemak keyboard support
``Colemak is an alternative keyboard layout designed for touch typing in English. It was developed by Shai Coleman, and released on 11-December-2005. It offers many advantages over the QWERTY and Dvorak keyboard layouts.''.
See the website for more details.
If you want to try it, there's even a
to try it out on NetBSD.
[Tags: Hardware, keyboardcolemak]
Wanna have: 16GB RAM, 8 AMD CPU(core)s
Anyone got such a system for me (preferably including colocation)?
I'd love to use it to compile binary pkgs for NetBSD
(as we didn't get a blade cluster by HP ;)
[Tags: dmesg, Hardware]
NetBSD on SunFire X2100 dmesg
Ed Gould got a SunFire X2100 1U server, and reports that NetBSD works
fine. Of course without the nVidia network driver, but that's why
all these fine machines have a second, non-nVidia NIC. Check
his mail for more information, including dmesg.
[Tags: Hardware, nvidia, sun]
7-CPU SunFire V40Z dmesg (Update #1)
I must have missed
of a SunFire V40z with a bunch (4?) Dual-Core Opterons
running the world's most portable operating system.
Update #1: Silly me, I've read some subjects about Sun V40Z
this week but couldn't remember or research them when I found and
wrote the above. Thanks to Brett Lymn for pointing me at his mail with
complete dmesg of that machine.
Seeing that it takes eight 2GHz CPUs to chew for a full hour before
spitting out a NetBSD release seems pretty tough though...
Time to de-bloat this OS. :)
(In another mail,
Greg Oster posted about a machine with four slightly faster
CPUs, which apparently took about 35 minutes to build a release
without X... am I the only one missing some things here?).
[Tags: dmesg, Hardware, sun]
155GB Ultra 320 SCSI solid state hard drive supports NetBSD
Well, of course if it's SCSI NetBSD supports it, but I think it's nice
that vendors still state that explicitly, and news sites like
picking it up.
While at harddisks/IO stuff, does anyone happen to know why
NetBSD (g4u) doesn't work on Dell GX520 machines and
just hangs? Send me mail if you have a clue!
More NetBSD/toaster pix
Zafer Aydogan found
some more NetBSD/Toaster
[Tags: embedded, Hardware, toaster]
Thanks to all the people who sent me some RSS files that
contained snippets from my blog's lost entries, but I don't
feel like digging stuff out of these files, esp. as some entries
are truncated. So, let's just call them gone, and I hope to come
up with SOME backup for the future.
Which brings me right to the topic... I've stumbled across the
GigaLANdisk, which is a network attached
storage device that would be ideal for backup purposes.
Of course that's nice and everything, but why do I write this here
in my NetBSD blog? Well, guess what! Even as the device seems
to run Linux natively (...), it also
the dmesg output.
Status of the NetBSD/landisk port is available in Japanese (only, sorry --
no, i cannot read it either ;)
and there's some patches etc. on NaoBSD.
Actually I found this whole thing after someone mentioned
NaoBSD on some list
the other day, and there's quite a funny selection of things.
I hope they get integrated into NetBSD rather sooner than later...
The proper keyboard for your toaster
``Erik Fitzpatrick did a nice job turning an old Smith-Corona manual typeriter into a functional keyboard, and composed a nice
about it, with pictures.''
Sounds like the ideal keyboard for
the ideal toaster.
[Tags: funny, Hardware]
Finally in hardware: NetBSD Controlled Toaster
``It has long been regarded that the UNIX-like OS NetBSD is portable to every type of machine except perhaps your kitchen toaster. Technologic Systems, however, has conquered this last frontier. Using one of its rugged embedded TS-7200 single-board computers housed inside the empty space of a standard 2 slice toaster, Technologic Systems has designed a functional NetBSD controlled toaster.''
What other than OMFGLOLIWANTONE should I say?! Very cool to hear
things like ``the board being able to survive 60 seconds at a time a half centimeter away from an 800 watt burner element. A regular PC can't even survive room temperature without heatsinks and fans, and the TS-7200 has neither.''.
[Tags: Hardware, toaster]
Small media-server from NEC
`` Most of us who aren't physically exposed to servers on a regular basis
probably have the same impression of them: large, noisy computers with
a load of hard drives whirring away. Rackmount machines have addressed
these concerns to some extent, but taking things a step further, NEC
has introduced the "UNIVERGE WNX Server." It measures only 3.79 x 2.57
x 2 inches (96.4 x 65.4 x 50.7mm), and can easily be considered
palm-sized. It runs NetBSD, features video in/out, audio in/out,
100Base-TX ethernet, two CF card slots, and offers a battery life of
three hours. NEC intends the server to be used as a sort of mobile
gateway for connecting your phone to video cameras in an office, for
example, but I don't see why this couldn't be used in other situations
(like acting as a very portable media server). Unfortunately, the
price is anything but small: roughly 257,500 yen (about $2,317 USD). ''
[Tags: Hardware, nec, Products]
NetBSD-ready hardware Made In China
Seems the "Dragon" or "Godson" chips made in China
are MIPS clones,
and of course they run NetBSD/mips.
I guess the intellectual property questions involved in this
(unlicensed) MIPS-clone are asking for some trouble...
[Tags: china, Hardware, mips]
Of course it runs NetBSD: Allied Telesys' CentreCOM WR54-ID WLAN Router
by Allied Telesys, Co. is (yet another...) wavelan router
that runs NetBSD by default. Can't tell a lot more, it seems
to have all the features one could wish for. I wonder what
CPU it uses. :)
[Tags: Hardware, Products]
Article: Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware
Mikhail Zakharov has published an
article at O'Reilly's ONLamp
that describes how he revives an old Toshiba notebook, and tricks
NetBSD into installing on the machine. Includes patches for NetBSD's
installer (sysinst) to allow installation via SLIP.
[Tags: Articles, Hardware]
SEIL-equipped router from IIJ, ROOT, and Novatec
Quoting from the press
release, here's another one from the "Oh cool, they use my
``Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI), one of
Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions
providers, today announced it has provided the SEIL Engine routing
software to serve as the core of the mobile router software that is
embedded in the new Micro Multi-Platform Mobile Router jointly developed
by IIJ, ROOT, Inc., and Novatec Corporation.
SEIL Engine is the embedded software in the SEIL Series new-generation
high-performance routers which were developed and are sold by IIJ.
Through a licensing program, this software can now be used to provide the
abundant features of the SEIL Series in a wide array of hardware. IIJ
brings this technology to this joint development project to provide the
embedded SEIL Engine software, consisting of a NetBSD foundation
and IIJ's proprietary expansion models.''
Seems NetBSD is pretty much en-vogue in the router-business today. :)
[Tags: Hardware, Products]
64-bit NetBSD confirmed working on Intel's latest 64-bit enabled CPUs
Intel tried to run their own 64bit CPU with the Itanic^WItanium, but
that didn't work out, so they have now adopted the instruction chip
extensions from AMD, producing fully 64-bit enabled Pentium 4 (EMT)
and Xeon CPUs. Of course such a 64bit CPU wants to run an operating
system in real 64bit mode, and after first examples of these CPUs are
available, NetBSD/amd64(!) can be confirmed working on these CPUs.
See a posting from Havard Eidnes for dmesg output
of a IBM x306 including Gigabit Ethernet (wm0, wm1) and Serial ATA
[Tags: amd64, em64t, Hardware]
NetBSD-ready PowerPC toys: KuroBox and LinkStation
Well, I haven't heard about that "KuroBox"
before, but it seems to a rather cheap
PowerPC based system that's sold as "NAS shell" that's built from
100% Open Source, and which seems to be identical to the
hardware (japanese page).
It runs Linux by default, but apparently someone has already unearthed a
port based on NetBSD/sandpoint, too.
(japanese!) page has a bit more about NetBSD on that platform,
development environment and firmware
(I wish my reading of Japanese was ways better, just a bit of
Hiragana & Katakana isn't enough :/).
Anyone want to get me one of these gizmos for showing at roadshows?
[Tags: Hardware, powerpc]
SGI produces NetBSD-based WebCam (Update)
SGI has announced their new NetBSD-based webcam "View Ranger".
Update: Here is some english promo material, which mentions NetBSD.
[Tags: Hardware, Products, sgi]
Embedded NetBSD on Technologic Systems' ARM boards
Technologic Systems has a number of boards for embedded development
like the TS-7200, which of course run NetBSD.
They also have a webpage
[Tags: embedded, Hardware]
NetBSD on Technologic Systems' TS-7200 ARM board
Jesse Off has committed his port to the evbarm based TS-7200 board
from Technologic Systems. On his NetBSD page
he has some information about why use NetBSD and details on the port.
A nice example for NetBSD in an embedded environment!
[Tags: embedded, Hardware, Products]
NetBSD powered robot (updated)
works with NetBSD as operating system. Aparently Brains Inc.,
maker of the NetBSD-powered mmmEye webcam, worked on the software.
See here for
some details on the firmware.
homepage for more information, in case
the above links are dead,
message telling that Speecys uses NetBSD
are also there.
[Tags: Hardware, robot]
USB Memory Stick in Sushi Form Factor
Here's something for those bored with regular USB memory sticks:
memory sticks in sushi
form! Check the article for the image, which speaks
for itself... anyone send me one to test with NetBSD? :)
[Tags: Hardware, usb]
Low-cost XScale single-board-computer for NetBSD
$115US for a 266MHz XScale IXP425 CPU and 128MB of SDRAM sounds
pretty good to me. Even if I have to take 1000 to get to that price -
group purchase, anyone? ;) Sure a find thing to show off how
nicely NetBSD fits onto embedded systems!
[Tags: embedded, Hardware, xscale]
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