[talk] LiteBSD and RetroBSD: the hardware for the July meeting

Brian Callahan bcallah at devio.us
Wed Jun 22 19:15:35 EDT 2016

One other thing to note (inline):

On 6/22/2016 7:12 PM, Brian Callahan wrote:
> Hi everyone --
> I'm doing next month's meeting on RetroBSD and LiteBSD. The hardware
> these things run on are cheap and readily available, and likely the
> meeting will be much more fun if people are hacking along with me.
> So here's a list of hardware depending on whether or not you want to run
> RetroBSD or LiteBSD. If you need help deciding, RetroBSD is a port of
> 2.11BSD and LiteBSD is a 4.4BSD-Lite2 based OS (like all the modern big
> BSDs).
> No matter what, you'll need a microSD card.
> RetroBSD:
> http://retrobsd.org/wiki/doku.php/board/index
> I recommend the Olimex PIC32-RetroBSD and the chipKIT Max32. Keep in
> mind that if you go with the Max32, you'll need an Arduino Ethernet
> shield R3 (for its microSD card slot).
> LiteBSD:
> http://litebsd.org/
> I recommend the chipKIT WiFIRE board and the Olimex EMZ64. If you buy
> the EMZ64 you will need their UEXT to USB RS232 adapter:
> https://www.olimex.com/Products/Modules/Interface/MOD-USB-RS232/open-source-hardware
> -- alternatively, you could use telnet to access the EMZ64 (this is
> indeed what I do with my EMZ64) but it is slower and you'll need a switch.

The EMZ64 requires a chipKIT external programmer to flash the kernel
onto the board. The WiFIRE does not need any external equipment to get
LiteBSD onto it (and neither of the recommended RetroBSD boards need an
external programmer either). I'm happy to bring my PICkit3 programmer to
the meeting for people.

> I do ask that if you purchase from Olimex, you mention me. Olimex has
> been great with supporting the RetroBSD and LiteBSD communities and it
> would be nice to show them that we RetroBSD/LiteBSD devs are
> contributing back to them. Their hardware is also all Open Hardware,
> which I think is nice.
> Also, as of this morning, LiteBSD builds on FreeBSD! I will be
> submitting a port to build the LiteBSD toolchain, but I can provide a
> (10.x) binary for those who want to play around before the meeting.
> Hope to see everyone out for the meeting with hardware!
> ~Brian
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