A SPARC in the night – SunFire v100 exploration

While we see a total dominance of x86_64 CPUs today, there are at least some alternatives like ARM and in the long run hopefully RISC-V. But there are other interesting architectures as well - one of them is SPARC (the Scalable Processor ARChitecture). This article is purely historic, I'm not reviewing new hardware here. It's … Continue reading A SPARC in the night – SunFire v100 exploration

Building a BSD home router (pt. 8): ZFS and jails

Previous parts of this series: Part 1 (discussing why you want to build your own router and how to assemble the APU2), Part 2 (some Unix history explanation of what a serial console is), Part 3 (demonstrating serial access to the APU and covering firmware update), Part 4 (installing pfSense), Part 5 (installing OPNsense instead) … Continue reading Building a BSD home router (pt. 8): ZFS and jails

Building a BSD home router (pt. 7): Advanced OPNsense installation

Previous parts of this series: Part 1 (discussing why you want to build your own router and how to assemble the APU2), Part 2 (some Unix history explanation of what a serial console is), Part 3 (demonstrating serial access to the APU and covering firmware update), Part 4 (installing pfSense), Part 5 (installing OPNsense instead) … Continue reading Building a BSD home router (pt. 7): Advanced OPNsense installation

Building a BSD home router (pt. 1): Hardware (PC Engines APU2)

Pretty much everybody in the western world has internet access at home these days. It's not a big deal: You conduct a contract with some ISP. They send you a modem/router combo box that you plug in, do some simple setup and you're done. Those boxes are pretty much ubiquitous pieces of hardware, silently doing … Continue reading Building a BSD home router (pt. 1): Hardware (PC Engines APU2)