BSD on HP Proliant machines (was: RE: [nycbug-talk] BSD Success Stories (fwd))

Mikel King mikel.king
Wed Oct 27 10:41:25 EDT 2004

Just curious which model proliant was it?

Sunny Dubey wrote:

>On Monday 25 October 2004 18:28, Brown, James (Jim) wrote:
>>HP is the same way.
>>These are a very strong platform for BSD and they *can* be made to:
>>1. work well; and 2. be supported by IBM/HP.
>>If this could be done- I think more interest and committment would
>>roll our way.
>(yes, this was top posted)
>At one of my offices, they purchased an HP Proliant server.
>While getting Linux on it.  I was highly annoyed at the speed in which the 
>fans were spinning.  In order to turn down the speed of the fans I had to 
>install binary only software called HPASM.
>Apparently HPASM is software that runs on all HP Proliant machines, and does 
>basic server management stuff.  (Like turning down the bloody fans.)  It does 
>some other cool stuff like kernel crashing detection.
>This software is released in RPM only format for RHEL and SuSE-Ent.  Having it 
>ported to both debian and mandrake was largely trivial for me, but it may 
>annoy and scare other non-RPM junkies away from trying to extract and 
>install.  It might even force lots of people to stick to RHEL and SuSE-Ent.
>(The HPASM software also sucks because of its dependencies on older releases 
>of the GNU GlibC/C++ libraries).
>There is no port of this software to BSD.  None at all.
>Which means that if you wanted the cool features this software provides (and 
>some sanity for your ear drums), HP servers are not the way to go for BSD 
>It might be possible to run HPASM under the linux binary emulation system.  
>(recent versions of the HPASM software are done entirely in usermode, and 
>binary only kernel modules are not needed anymore.)  However this would be a 
>crappy solution.
>Sunny Dubey
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