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[20060810] Poll: Would YOU like to see NetBSD on a Meshcube? Or on an AVM Fritzbox? (Update #2)
Garrett D'Amore has started working on getting NetBSD to support the 4G Access Cube (formerly known as Meshcube), and he's currently running a poll on the port-mips@ list to see if there would be enough interest to prod the manufacturer into sending him hardware to make sure the port works fine.

As I'm looking for something to hold my DSL line (i.e. to run PPPoE) with two ethernets, a USB v2.0 (fast!) port and maybe a harddisk, I'd take one (assuming the Cube can do that... unfortunately their specs are not very clear :-/)

If the hardware sounds sexy to you, be sure to send mail to Garrett!

Updates: First, Martin Husemann has posted a dmesg output of his Meshcube, and some of the caveats of the machine were mentioned: price ($700), USB1.1 only, no connector for second ethernet(!), funky serial connector.

On the brigt side, Garrett also offered to look into getting NetBSD to run on an AVM Fritzbox, and with a price of less than 200EUR for something that has 4* ethernet, USB and WLAN that sounds pretty good. (Not to mention the support for DSL, POTS and ISDN on the SoC, but I doubt NetBSD has any support in that area... yet?). The offer of Garret requires availability of docs (which I am hopeful for the CPU/SoC as well as for some Linux sources to peek at), plus for someone to send him hardware. Any takers for supporthing this thing? I'd throw in 50EUR, drop me (hubertf@NetBSD.org) mail if you want to see NetBSD run on this fine hardware, too!

Update #2: Asking 4G systems about the price of the Meshcube/Accesscube resulted in them telling me that they don't offer the hardware any more. Well, I'd prefer a port to the AVM box anyways. ;))

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[20051101] BSD Certification Group releases BSD Usage Survey
``The BSD Certification Group published its Usage Survey Report today. This report summarizes the results from the BSD Usage Survey delivered by the Group. The survey was available in six languages and ran from September 12 to September 30, 2005.

The survey contained 18 questions covering topics such as how many BSD systems were in use at a company, how many administrators, were the BSD systems used as servers or desktops, size of the organizations, what services the BSD systems provided, and related topics.

According to the report, FreeBSD is used at 77 percent of the survey takers' organizations. Over 87 percent of the systems are managed internally. Near 79 percent of the BSD systems are used as production systems. Around 72 percent of the systems are used for web services hosting and also firewall or security services. ''

The report is available for download at this location.

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[20050912] BSD Usage Survey
What do you use NetBSD for? Take the survey of the BSD Certification group!

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[20050421] BSD Certification Survey 01
The BSD Certification Group has released a Task Analysis Survey. I welcome everyone interested in certification being available not only on few selected BSDs but also NetBSD to participate! The survey takes about an hour (rather long), but tries to find out topics that people think are important to test, so a "BSD Certificate" is worth taking.

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[20050226] Do you want NetBSD support for VMware?
If so, voice your desire!

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[20041105] Which OS Are You?
Answer a couple of "personality test"-like questions, and see what OS you are. I'm OS X - not too bad after all!

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[20040909] OpenGroup Favourite POSIX Platform Poll
IEEE and The Open Group, the institutions behind the "POSIX" standards today, are doing a poll where you can vote for your favourite POSIX platform implementation. While there's no seperate "NetBSD" item, voting for Solari^WNetBSD sure will be a good thing. Go for it!

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