Use of NetBSD with Marvell Kirkwood Processors and AK-Systems' IP-Plugs
article by Vladimir Trubilov
that explains what NetBSD is and how little effort
is needed to get it going on a new ARM platform,
AK-System IP-Plug mini-server
as an example
(Wikipedia link; the AK-System website is only in Russian-language!).
The article outlines the history of the various BSDs
and tells about NetBSD's source organization and build process.
It then introduces the target hardware and how NetBSD
abstracts the various busses and drivers that are already
there, and the few bits that needed adjusting.
``Conclusion: High portability, sufficient ease of use, as well as the necessary software packet and an open source code packets and open source make NetBSD a very attractive operating system for use in embedded systems. As seen in the example, it takes quite superficial knowledge of the system architecture and minimum change in the code to run NetBSD on the IP-Plug. At the same time, the functionality and performance of the built operating system is not inferior to that of Linux, which is used by default.''
[Tags: arm, Articles, ipplug, kirkwood, marvell]