On Jul 13, 2006, at 12:01 AM, Chuck Swiger wrote:
Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC wrote:
A day or three ago someone posted about having 6.1-CURRENT (I
believe) run on a MacBook laptop.
Does anyone have it running on a Mac Mini (intel)? I might be
interested in getting a couple to handle email services to nfs
mounted mail stores. I like their small size and ability to stick
several of them in my racks without really taking much room. (We
are short of rack space at the moment for many new servers).
Does FreeBSD 6.x actually boot on the hardware of these Macs yet?
(They're using EFI, not the classic PC BIOS.)
With Boot Camp you have at least pieces of the PC BIOS in
emulation. Anyway, someone posted to the list that they have it
booting on a MacBook (or MacBook Pro, don't remember) and had mouse
pad issues. That would indicate that at least someone has gotten it
Anyway, their size is nice, but both the PPC and Intel Minis use
rather pokey 5400 RPM laptop drives, so their I/O performance is
mediocre. They'd make better candidates for CPU/memory-bound tasks.
yes and no. I have heard feedback from others that say that the SATA
2.5" drives in tge intel minis actually perform quite well and are
light years ahead of the PPC minis.
But in my case, the mail store is mounted with nfs and resides on a
Solaris 10 machine with two RAID 6 on an Areca controller, mirrored
together with ZFS. So the disk is only for the OS.
Also, it's no fun at all to take them apart to swap in a new drive
or more memory.
I have the tools :-) . Trip to Home Depot solved that issue.
I actually have a Mini but it is in use as an OS X development
machine to test the intel versions of some software so cannot be
touched to test FBSD. It is not too hard to open once you know the
secret (and are just futzing with RAM). Took me 5 minutes once I had
researched it on the net.
Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC
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chad at shire.net
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