Legends start at 1.0! – FreeBSD in 1993 (pt. 1)

[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/2022/fbsd1_pt1.gmi In 2017, I wrote a series of articles [1], [2], [3] and [4] on FreeBSD's famous version 4.11 (and an experiment to use Pkgsrc to get modern software running on it), … Continue reading Legends start at 1.0! – FreeBSD in 1993 (pt. 1)

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

Updating FreeBSD 4.11 (4/4) – Reflecting radical resurrection

In the first post of this mini series I wrote about legacy systems and installing FreeBSD 4.11. The second one shows how to configure the fresh system for remote access, bootstrap Pkgsrc, install Subversion to checkout FreeBSD code and update the system to the stable branch. And part three mainly deals with upgrading OpenSSH and … Continue reading Updating FreeBSD 4.11 (4/4) – Reflecting radical resurrection

Updating FreeBSD 4.11 (3/4) – Neophyte’s notorious necromancy

The first post of this mini series was about legacy systems in general and about what installing the old FreeBSD 4.11 is like. In the second one I showed the initial configuration of the system, how to SSH into it despite the obsolete DSA host key and how to bootstrap pkgsrc, NetBSD's portable ports tree. … Continue reading Updating FreeBSD 4.11 (3/4) – Neophyte’s notorious necromancy