Some small networked box with FreeBSD support?
philip.mullis at syx.ca
Sun Sep 13 15:23:37 UTC 2009
An option most people overlook are the tools for making embedded and
small footprint builds which exist in the usr/src/tools tree
You can create Very small images with tools like tinybsd and nanobsd
both of which produce image files which you can simply dd to your cf
I have a pbx,webservet and a few other things in less than 58megs
There are some notable tips and tricks when dealing with solid state
units like cf cards but are application specific.
I've been using the pcengines boards for a long time, one of the
largest sets of benifits I found was
-no heatsinks or fans
-cf cards make it completly silent
-built in crypto acceleration on the new geode based units
-price, there similar to soekris but 1/4 the price
-mfgr provides full blueprints
-best of all ... Low power consumption 4watts! On average.. You can
run one of a large battery for over a week and in countrys where
residential power is 75c/kWh these can save you over 600$ a year in
power( for those considering turning an old clunker into a router )
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On Sep 13, 2009, at 3:14 AM, "Matthew Smith" <matt at smiffytech.com>
> Quoth Matthew Smith at 2009-09-13 15:06...
>>> FreeBSD installs into about 400MB w/o any tweaks at all. so 4gb
>>> should be child's play.
>> I must have been doing something wrong because the couple of times I
>> tried, it ran out of space. Perhaps I need to do a minimal install
>> then add any packages I need by hand.
> Just out of curiosity, I tried the same installation (FreeBSD 6.3,
> - kernel developer config) on a VMware virtual machine to which I had
> allocated 16Gb of disc. No problems.
> The clean installation takes up about 650Mb. Why the installation is
> failing on the 4Gb drive I cannot fathom. Obviously the installer is
> doing *something* funny.
> Whilst the Alix devices still look attractive, I've just ordered some
> RAM via eBay to take both the SBCs up to 128Mb (currently only have
> each.) Will see if I can't get something working. (Odds are the
> wretched things won't boot off the CF disc like the old ThinkPad I
> it in.)
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