[pfSense] pfsense on sun v100 server

Michael Schuh michael.schuh at gmail.com
Fri May 11 13:37:30 EDT 2012


2012/5/11 Scott Ullrich <sullrich at gmail.com>

> On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM, Michael Schuh <michael.schuh at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi at list
> >
> > i am not sure if somebody else mentioned that before:
> >
> > ...may be a different approach to get pfsense running on UltraSparc:
> > get the developer version/sources, put it on a FreeBSD 8.x ( iirc 8.2)
> > and try to cross-compile the entire architectire to UltraSparc.
> > At the best point you have a Ulstrasparc running with FreeBSD, where you
> can
> > put the sources on it, so no need to cross-compile.
> >
> > The SunFire V100 Hardware is fully supported according to the HW-Notes of
> > FreeBSD8.2.
> >
> > I am just not really sure what packages/functionality isn't supported on
> > Ultrasparc in compare to i386/amd64.
> >
> > So that would be my first try,
> > i think thats the easiest way
>
> While I applaud everyone for trying to go this route I have some
> experiences I would like to share.
>
> Building pfSense and all of it's dependencies on a slower speed box
> will take a long time.
>
> For example when I was working on the MIPS port that we never where
> able to complete came down to time.   Building ports and the base
> system on a 150 mhz box is SLLLLOW!   You will kick off a build and
> come back 10 hours later to see silly platform specific C bugs that
> you will have to tackle in many cases.  It's not necessarily FreeBSD's
> fault but our 'additional patches' that we maintain to keep pfSense as
> awesome as it is now.
>
> I really don't want to discourage anyone from helping us port to
> different platforms but I wanted to try and convey how much time is
> involved in such a endeavor.  Just make sure you know what you are
> getting into.
>
> Will be happy to answer any questions if you are serious about this
> platform but if I where in your shoes I would install OpenBSD 5.1 on
> the 100 and use it and consider getting an alix or soekris down the
> road to run pfSense.   It will ultimately save you a lot of time and
> money from a power usage perspective.
>
> Scott
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Hi Scott,
Hi@ List,

LAMO - SCNR :8~)

The Question was:
 ...is it possible....
not:
... makes that sense ...
... is that a good idea ...

Yes i agree with that, totally.
I think it makes not much sense to dig out the old Ultra10 HW and try to
build and put pfSense on it.

Just if he likes to get pfSense running on his V100, i think we should at
least pointout
that way. ( even if that way looks masochistic :8~) )
Of course (cross) building an entire operating system and some specially
designed software
needs to have an experienced person in font of the console.
Just saying. :8~)

@Hugo:
is your time that worth? what do you gain by thus? how many money can you
make in the same amount of time?
how many money (time) do you loose if you go the scetched way?

right question. yep. i think too.

so only for completeness or the real hard bones :8~).

i can spend a complete Ultra10, i think 400MHZ and 256/512MB Memory and
still the original sawgate harddisk running on FreeBSD, i guess 7 or so
no Keyboard/monitor/mice.....the receiver has to pay the
transport/shipping. :-) ( is it worth so much? lol ) i can put another 10
Gig IBM DNAS SCSI-Drive into it/on top
NO WARRANTIES - LMAO

greetings

m.


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