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Let handhelds be secure

Contributed by jose on from the infinitely-mobile dept.

VeirdA writes: "I have been messed with OpenBSD for two years. Now I turned to NetBSD, because of buying HP JORNADA handheld pc. This really makes me sick so I began to port my favorite OpenBSD to hpcarm. Does anybody want to take this job with me?

Let handhelds be secure :-)"

Frankly, mega-mobile OpenBSD sounds attractive. I can keep all of my tools on one system and use them as I need to (sniffers, scanners, etc). Anyone working on such a beast?

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  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    I've been pondering the purchase of an 'ix running hand-held to edit my Latex docs on the fly, and reclaim a bit of lost time. Unfortunately with coding skills only marginally more advanced than 'hello-world' I think the task of porting my own favourite OS might defeat my original purpose =)

    It will be fun to see what you come up with -- but really, is idea NetBSD really that bad? =)

  2. By Pete () on

    see URL for details of existing work..

    1. By MotleyFool () on

      the URL within the mail archive no longer work.

  3. By Josh () selerius at codefusion dot org on mailto:selerius at codefusion dot org

    that would be a wonderful thing to have with OpenBSD...if you get something working, please let us know, as it would greatly influence my decision to go ahead and buy a truly portable device.

    Once you get started with things, be sure to check out

  4. By mra () on

    it's only a little bit larger, but it still manages to fit in my cargo pants pocket. Sony's picturebook is great for running OpenBSD on. The wireless works well, usbmass storage for the memory stick drive, 1280x600 screen for running X. And the one I have has 384M/20G so memory and storage aren't a problem. Add to that the features that work when I boot into linux; TV in/out, and firewire and it's a great super portable (2.2lbs, 10"x4.5"x1") box.

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      And this is i386, you know

    2. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Taking this off topic, but have you managed to get APMd and sound working I have a c1 vfk which doesnt support these so sadly I'm stuck running windows, as these two things are needed

    3. By Anonymous Coward () on

      You wouldn't happen to have a URL where you elaborate on your configuration would you? I've got a C1MV (384M/60G) w/ FreeBSD, but I would have put OpenBSD on it if I knew it would work that well. The memory stick drive won't work for me in FreeBSD (although it does in linux). I would enjoy sound if that works, but APM is sort of a must for me.

      1. By Anonymous Coward () on

        Not exactly your model, but I've just installed a snapshot on my c1 vfk and everything /just works/ :)

        Sound and apm were the two I had issues last I tried it with 3.1.

        Apm is still a bit of an issue in that it doesnt seem to report correct battery life in hh:mm but does in percantage of battery life left.

        When I get a chance I'll stick up details somewhere.

        Havnt had a chance to test memory stick or firewire yet.....

        1. By Anonymous Coward () on

          Cool. The "V" series was just before the "M" series if I remember right. Enough stuff may just work. I'm in the middle of rearranging the OS's on all my boxes, so I might just give it a shot. OpenBSD snapshots are a godsend. I've never used another OS's whose snapshots were so stable.

  5. By Anonymous Coward () on

    One of the things I would expect on a handheld, is some sort of pen input, similar to Graffiti. Granted, I don't use a handheld, but if I did, I would want to write it, rather than hunt-n-peck, using a little keyboard.

  6. By Jadipai () on

    Instead, use OpenBSD's PF in NetBSD. What else are you missing in NetBSD? Well, if you're up to it why not...

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      I wonder why you're still looking at deadly if you like netbsd so much.

      1. By Jadipai () on

        I wonder too... Actually, I click at the OpenBSD Journal slashbox ;)

  7. By Anonymous Coward () on

    kevlo@ is looking for an HP Jornada to port ARM support from NetBSD, so yes, looks like someone wants to do it for you

  8. By Christian Gruber () cgruber @ on mailto:cgruber @

    I have a Journada 525, and I can't get no satisfaction re: unix on my poor little handheld.


  9. By elaine () on

    No this isn't Openbsd, but it has the potential to
    be quite secure out of the box.

    You'll find the ARM port under

    1. By map-ip-to-name () nobody@localhost on

      OpenBSD on PDAs? WTF??

      some people here must be smoking crack. no wait, they must be part of the OpenCULT

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