[talk] NYC*BUG Tonight: RetroBSD & LiteBSD

Raul Cuza raulcuza at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 14:25:55 EDT 2016

On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 2:08 PM, Peter Varga <pvarga at pvrg.net> wrote:
> What can be done with such a small memory?
>  Apollo 11 source code.
>  https://github.com/chrislgarry/Apollo-11
> and the hacker news discussion
> https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12048945
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2016, at 02:23 PM, George Rosamond wrote:
>> July 6
>> Meet the Smallest BSDs: RetroBSD and LiteBSD, Brian Callahan
>> 18:45, Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St
>> Abstract
>> We all expect *BSD to run on our personal computers and servers. What
>> you may not know is that the last five years have seen a successful
>> experiment to bring *BSD to the PIC32 microcontrollers. There are now
>> two different full *BSD operating systems for these microcontrollers:
>> RetroBSD, a port of 2.11BSD, and LiteBSD, based on 4.4BSD-Lite2.
>> This talk introduces the two smallest BSDs, the differences between
>> them, what hardware you need (with hands-on demos), and how to get
>> involved. We'll overview what works, what doesn't, the challenges of
>> writing a complete operating system with extremely small RAM limits in
>> the modern era, and how to incorporate *BSD on the microcontroller into
>> your *BSD universe.
>> Speaker Bio
>> Brian is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Science and Technology
>> Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research explores how
>> underserved groups vie for legitimacy and normalcy in the IT sector
>> through diversity and other initiatives. He is an ex-OpenBSD developer
>> who used to do a lot of work on ports but now advocates for a
>> BSD-agnostic approach.

I'm sorry I missed the talk. Was it recorded?

As for the source code, the issue reports may rival the joke product
reviews on the longest river in the world dot com. Only time will


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