Various systems are running and available to the right sort of geeks.
Stuff running :
hostname architecture operating system
hydra AMD64 FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE-p3
This is a mixture of SATA and SAS disk storage hacked
together. Actual black electrical tape is involved as
well as spinning fans hanging on loose wires. No case.
Propped up on cardboard and corks from Chimay beer.
update : hydra now lays on the floor in a corner. Still
is propped up on some Chimay beer corks and that
esther i686 FreeBSD 14.0-CURRENT
Actually this is a VIA Eden Esther processor on a tiny
I found in a closet somewhere. Was
wrapped in old socks. Has a massive 1GB of memory as well
as the cutest little itty bitty power supply called a
pico PSU. Also supported by corks from Chimay beer
elastic bands holding the fan in place. Duct tape also.
update : now runs FreeBSD 14 and we discovered a speaker
on the thing. It can make noises.
The truely strange thing is that I did discover
where the performance problem really exists. I did not
have flashing leds on it. Anywhere. I have found the real
solution --> well there is your problem
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Optional warning label may read :
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Operators are standing by. Have your Credit card ready.
Face East. Under a full moon and with a black cat
on your mothers birthday.
Note that funds for pre-orders will go directly to beer
research investments : https://paypal.me/genunix
DO NOT EXPECT ANYTHING and often NOTHING is what will happen.
io armv7l Weird Linaro Linux
This is the original ASUS TinkerBoard
and it seems to
run really well. Fast in fact. Except the storage is some
trash SDIMM that was stuck on my desk. I scraped off the
food bits and stuck it into the TinkerBoard. Seems to
work just fine but is hellish confused about what a long
double floating point datatype is. Also has a fan wired
to a few GPIO pins that seems to provide 5 volts. Just to
toss a little storage on the thing I plugged in a Kingston
Memory USB thumbdrive ( do people still say that? ) on the
thing. Storage is a disaster slow horrible affair on these
little small board System on a Chip SBC crappers. That also
means the Raspberry Pi sucks for the same reason.
enceladus ppc64 Debian sid 5.19.5-genunix
Named after the coolest moon in our solar system by a
seriously cool genius Jesse Shanahan
. This monster just
never fails. Runs big endian ppc64 on an old Apple G5
powermac with dual liquid cooling fans and dual hard
disks. It can crank out a bootstrap of GCC 12.x in 16
hours and then crank the entire Linux 5.19.0 kernel in
maybe 90 minutes. Brilliant beautiful hardware. Has the
strange feature of turning into a windfarm under load.
One of the very few big endian machines running and it
often discovers bugs in other peoples software. Mostly
because a lot of open source projects have "works for me"
attitude on some Linux x86 boxen and then SHIP IT out
to production! Then the software blows up on big endian.
spartacus sparcv9 Oracle Solaris 11.3
I hate Larry. I call the Oracle sales line over and over
and can have a fistful of money and they never return my
call. What the hell! I just want the damn boxen to run
and to get some updates as needed. Damn it. To be entirely
honest this machine was made by Fujitsu and the thing is
a workhorse that can thrash mathematics better than any other
damn machine I have. It does know how to do Fused Multiply
and Add in one operation. Even better it can use registers
in the number of four. This is FMA4 baby! The thing rocks
the math but can never get a software or firmware update.
The Lawnmower Man says "no". NOTE: I love SPARC hardware.
mimas AMD64 NetBSD 9.3
This is an old Lenovo STinkPad that refuses to die. It has
very little in the way of horsepower compared to modern
systems but plenty if you run a nice lean UNIX or Linux.
So therefore it made good sense to have a NetBSD machine
somewhere in the pile. Who knows what pain may happen when
we try to build software on NetBSD ? Thus far a GCC 12.2.0
bootstrap has been met with a few problems
but they should
be fixable. In fact that problem has been fixed. Seems that
GNU Patch is required for the -Z option. Good luck.
callisto x86_64 barely FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE-p1
Found in a trash bin to be tossed out. There were five of
these little black Lenovo boxes heaped in there. I fished
out the ones that did not have raccoons playing DOOM2 and
after some beer was able to build this unit. The thing has
a spinning disk and an Intel Core 2 Duo thing that sounds
like a great night with hookers. It is not. However it does
run FreeBSD like a champion killer and also with ZFS man!
Yes there is the LAST DAMN AWESOME filesystem E V E R
on a little black box in the corner. A treasure as it just
runs and never seems to falter. Also, yes, ZFS cures the last
problem we care about in life. Ultimate storage. Crazy idea
that you can save data to a filesystem and it will still be
there when you want it later. It will even be the same data
that did not just melt away like btr.
pollux sparcv9 Solaris 10
This is one of those long lost endlessly working Netra boxen
that Sun Microsystems made with hands of angels and blessed
with gossamer strands of rainbows. It will never die. I have
carefully hand crafted some software therein but I shall never
be worthy of the Gods that created this cathedral. Getting
a compiler for this from Oracle requires terrible services in
some dark alley with Larry. I will not go there. Nope.
phobos x86_64 FreeBSD 14.0-CURRENT
We try to deal with difficult situations and things that won't
make any reasonable sense. Imagine, if you will, in a silent
moment, a person in a corner that will come out fighting like
Rhonda Rousey. A disaster of fury and power and also will be
beautiful in the moment. This is FreeBSD CURRENT. Say it. Say
the word quietly under your breath. Current. The river flows
and you are in the water and this is the machine that builds
with the latest code from FreeBSD. This is ZFS and top of the
line latest UNIX goodness. This is a battleship of power that
can serve. Sadly, it can not do math.
At least not until a
person with endless hours can pour over the code in strtod.
I find it odd that the GlibC folks bit into this problem
vulture on a meat wagon. This machine cranks out a new kernel
and buildworld frequently.
thor ppc64le POWER9 dream
So I talked with these guys who said I can live just fine with
part of my liver missing and also one kidney. This is a perfectly
reasonable trade to get POWER9 in my life. Oh how I love the
heavy IBM hardware. Someone please take me back to the mainframe
clusters and the SNA3270 goodness. Dreams of JCL and COBOL and
awesome FORTRAN-IV. The days when we pushed rockets and jets and
metals bearings to the limits of material faith. These nice guys
in great dark suits say I can give up a kidney and just a small
part of my liver ( sadly abused ) to get a POWER9 server. Please
help me. A Raptor Blackbird would be nice here.
titan x86_64 FreeBSD 13.0-p1 maybe?
Newly arrived Lenovo P910 unit with dual Xeon sockets. No idea
what to do with it yet as the memory has not arrived. It has a
funky NVMe option card inside which plugs into a PCIe slot. So
that thing seems to run real fast for boot and some local small
tests. It even has a heatsink on the NVMe module. A test of a
full GCC 12.1.0 bootstrap took about 15 minutes and that includes
ada as well as a bunch of other options. This boxen may end up
being some backend build box for stuff or maybe I play DOOM2.
All of the above ( except dream thor with the POWER9 ) are very real
and a whole collection of geeks use them. These are not QEMU or some other
virtual shazaam magic thing. The AWS Amazon people are specialists at
that trash. The real thing, is in fact, the real thing. You know it when
you see it. You also know it when you run it. Like a fine scotch, you
can not fake Macallan 15 or the 1824 series Macallan 25. Those who know
actually know. Also, the x86 hardware tends to fall over pretty badly if
asked to do things like an fmal(a,b,c) because x86 hardware simply can
not implement actual floating point datatypes from the IEEE754-2008 spec.
All of the POWER and SPARC equipment can, sort of. POWER9 really does.