Advance!BSD – thoughts on a not-for-profit project to support *BSD (1/2)

[New to Gemini? Have a look at my Gemini FAQ.] This article was bi-posted to Gemini and the Web; Gemini version is here: gemini://gemini.circumlunar.space/users/kraileth/neunix/2021/advance_bsd_pt1.gmi There are multiple reasons why I am a BSD user and enthusiast. For one thing I enjoy using systems where the design benefits from the holistic approach (whole OS vs. "kernel … Continue reading Advance!BSD – thoughts on a not-for-profit project to support *BSD (1/2)

Retreat… and reboot! Is there life outside of the Web?

Dear readers, the time has come for some fundamental re-organization of my EerieLinux blog. The impact of this year's pandemic as well as family matters (a new family member that demands quite a bit of care!) have forced me to post-pone many of my posts that I usually published at least monthly. Right when I … Continue reading Retreat… and reboot! Is there life outside of the Web?

Running OpenBSD on SPARC64 (HTTPd, packages, patching, X11, …)

In my previous post I described the process of installing OpenBSD 6.0 on a SPARC64 machine and updating it all the way to 6.5. Now it's time to actually do something with it to get an idea of how well OpenBSD works on this architecture! OpenBSD's base system The OpenBSD team takes pride in providing … Continue reading Running OpenBSD on SPARC64 (HTTPd, packages, patching, X11, …)

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