If someone's interested in finishing off the vertana work then let's
have a chat with Rui and see if he's interested in a short term
contract or something.


-a


On 22 October 2015 at 12:57, John-Mark Gurney <j...@funkthat.com> wrote:
> John Nielsen wrote this message on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 13:48 -0600:
>> On Oct 22, 2015, at 12:00 PM, Adrian Chadd <adrian.ch...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> > On 22 October 2015 at 10:57, John Nielsen <li...@jnielsen.net> wrote:
>> >> I???m working on a proof-of-concept for a kind of networking swiss army 
>> >> knife. Can anyone suggest a board that meets the following requirements? 
>> >> CPU arch doesn???t matter as long as it will run FreeBSD (Atom, ARM, 
>> >> MIPS, etc).
>> >>
>> >>  - Small form factor (SoC, probably)
>> >>  - Can support at least 2 802.11a/b/g/n adapters, prefer 3 (any 
>> >> combination of chip-integrated and mini PCI-e slots. Prefer to avoid USB 
>> >> if possible)
>> >>  - Has or supports at least 2 1GbE ports. Prefer 3-5 ports with switching 
>> >> functionality
>> >>  - Storage not super constrained. Built-in storage (if any) can be small 
>> >> (which I???m arbitrarily defining as less than 128MB) if there is also an 
>> >> SD card slot or similar. USB storage will do in a pinch.
>> >>  - Has at least 2 free USB ports after meeting previous requirements
>> >>  - Serial port or header (or GPIO pins that can be used as one? Not too 
>> >> familiar with that)
>> >>  - Low power consumption (within reason taking the above into account)
>> >>  - Low cost (again, within reason)
>> >>
>> >> I may just start with a PC Engines apu1d, but if there are boards that 
>> >> are smaller, cheaper, have lower power requirements and/or have 
>> >> integrated wifi or switch capabilities I???d like to look in to them as 
>> >> well.
>> >>
>> >> I know that might be asking a lot, so I???m also open to any suggestions 
>> >> that are most of the way there. Thanks!
>>
>> > The PC engines boards are your best bet to begin with. There's updated
>> > ARM hardware from Gateworks but I don't recall if we ever got a port
>> > fully working on it.
>>
>> Thanks for the pointer. Good to know the Avila boards boot. A Ventana board 
>> plus one or more expansion modules actually looks very versatile and capable 
>> of meeting all my requirements (except maybe cost :). The Laguna boards also 
>> look interesting, though probably not quite versatile enough for this 
>> particular project. Can anyone jog Adrian???s memory on the status of 
>> FreeBSD on either of those Gateworks board families?
>
> I know that the AVILA boards work fine:
> FreeBSD avila.funkthat.com 11.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT #3 r283010M: Sun 
> May 17 10:16:08 PDT 2015     
> j...@carbon.funkthat.com:/a/obj/arm.armeb/a/home/jmg/FreeBSD.svn/HEAD/sys/AVILA
>   arm
>
> I can't find info on the Laguna boards...
>
> There is a wiki page on that status of the Ventana board:
> https://wiki.freebsd.org/FreeBSD/arm/Ventana
>
> But, the PCI slots and second gige aren't supported according to that
> page...
>
> So, if you're willing to spend as much money on a Ventana board,
> I'd recommend going w/ the Netgate RCC-VE 4860...  It has much faster
> CPU, tons more memory and get better support by being an amd64 based
> platform...
>
> --
>   John-Mark Gurney                              Voice: +1 415 225 5579
>
>      "All that I will do, has been done, All that I have, has not."
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