[nycbug-talk] Soekris/PCEngines-ALIX USB Bug

Isaac Levy ike at lesmuug.org
Wed Aug 6 14:29:41 EDT 2008

Hi All,

I've been searching for answers, but info on lists is confusing the  
heck out of me.

Essentially, I'm working with Soekris and ALIX boards- attempting to  
get a straight FreeBSD install done.

I love these cheap boards, some folks around here know I've been  
happily deploying PFSense and Monowall on these things all over town  
for a few years.

Now, I'm trying to get a full FreeBSD system built on the boxes, I've  
run into problems with the USB ports.  I'm open to using OpenBSD if  
everything works, but my use will be remotely deployed systems with no/ 
limited physical access, and the OpenBSD upgrade cycle isn't that  
appealing to me, (especially as I'm a long-time FreeBSD user).   
(Comments/flames/etc. on this are welcomed).

With that, the USB ports on the boards are the only well-known problem  
affecting stability, so much that FreeBSD kernels are simply compiled  
without the USB drivers.

I would very much like to the USB ports to work on the Soekris/ALIX,  
(for keyboards, CD-ROM drives, harddrives, etc...).  Here's my  

1) Has anyone seen *concise* documentation on the problem, (or perhaps  
a solution), before I sink time into documenting the bugs?

2) Can anyone here confirm that USB works properly on ALIX/Soekris  
using OpenBSD?

Even the shortest responses or URLS sent would be greatly appreciated!


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