OpenBSD Journal

openbsd on pegasos

Contributed by jose on from the cool-new-hardware dept.

aliquis writes: "bbrv has said on osnews:

"The OpenBSD distro for the Pegasos II will be ready for the 15 October release too. We should have that support site ready then too. Here it is:"

See this comment on OSNews for details."

The ODC looks pretty interesting for people using PPC OpenBSD ... anyone have any comments on this Pegasos II?

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  1. By aliquis () on

    the company -
    the computer -
    the os -
    the developers -
    IRC: #morphos or #phoenix on arcnet

    The platform runs/will run a lot of oses as you can see on and some of the talk on osnews. The pegasos2 specs was "leaked" by IBM recently -
    MorphOS just recently got approved as "Ready for IBM technology" aswell.

    The first Pegasos was made an a little over 600 boards (I think it's under 1000), the current users are allowed to upgrade at a good price to the Pegasos2 which I've heard will be produced in at least 5000 units for the first production run. The computer uses the Marvell Discovery II northbridge, in short it can use one (or more? the pegasos was supposed to) g3 or g4, 266mhz ddr memory (the northbridge can handle more but it would be stupid then the fsb on the cpus are 133mhz), ide-controller, usb, one 1gbps + one 10/100mbps ethernet controller (don't know why both aren't gigabit, or why there aren't three of them as the northbridge supports this) among others. Prices with G3@600MHz is 299 euro and G4@1GHz 499 euro. An old Pegasos which have been traded in for a an upgrade will only cost 99 euro for those who want to test it out.

    As a server or firewall this machine should do well in it's small design, good builtin network connectivity and low power consumption. Genesi have been running an morphos developer page for some time here -
    But just a few days ago they also started one for openbsd and linux

    This cutie will also run QNX in just a short time.

    1. By aliquis () aliquis@bla on mailto:aliquis@bla

      Oh, and there are already plans for the Pegasos3 probably based on the Marvell Discovery III chipset which supports PPC970 (G5).

    2. By Alejandro G. Belluscio () on

      It's very interesting, but I can't really see the value in it. I mean, I can get an Epia 1000 for half that money. With a faster processor and less power consumption. I would be interesested for the speciality item section. But I'm not sure I would pay 500 Euros for that. I can get two Soekris 4801 for that money. Which I've been saving for a long while to get my hands on.

      1. By Anonymous Coward () on

        I agree - VIA C3 mainboards in ITX form factor offer better price/performance. What would give pegasos a leg up, would be if it supported dual processor in such a small form factor.

      2. By RC () on

        > I can get an Epia 1000 for half that money. With a faster processor and less power consumption.

        And just what are you using to judge the processor performance? The C3 processors perform more like Intel/AMD processors at half the MHz rating, and the power usage is almost exactly the same as AMD/Intel processors at half the MHz.

      3. By aliquis () meep@blabla.spam on mailto:meep@blabla.spam

        Ah, I didn't know their power consumtion was even less. 500 euro = the G4 modell, are the via cpus really as fast as a G4 1GHz with altivec? Aren't they more in the G3 range in that case?

        Anyway, maybe it's not that intresting for people who run free oses on any platform, but it's still nice to see openbsd run on even more hardware.
        The platform is probably more intresting if you want to test morphos or maybe try to hack macosx into running on it.

  2. By Nate () on

    I don't have any experience with the Pegasos board, but I am running OpenBSD on a B&W apple G3. I'm quite pleased with it, I'm used to x86 hardware, so this was my first venture into the ppc world. The install was a breeze, and the system runs great. It detected all my hardware without a problem. Documentation is also excellent. Many thanks to the macppc developers.


    1. By Michael van der Westhuizen () on

      My first non-X86 box was an orange clamshell iBook (G3 300MHz).

      Installation (dual-boot with OS9) was dead-easy. Hardware was well supported, and the documentation was all very easy to follow, covering all sorts of black arts such as OpenFirmware in an easy to read fashion. I picked up additional docs at ( to resolve a strange X configuration.

      So: simple installation, good documentation, solid performance... I agree, a very big congratulations to the macppc developers!

  3. By Anonymous Coward () on

    it's still cheap compared to a mac... personally, though I like ppc, I would never buy a new mac because of tzhe insane price/hw ratio, which I've never understood. it's nice to see some new stuff for once. good luck to them and thumbs up for supporting such a great OS from the start.

    1. By aliquis () on

      It seems like they want the hardware to run as many oses as possible since they do understand that that's what takes to be succesful.

      The good thing with the PPC platform is that any os actually have a chance to become one of the "major" oses on the platform, on the x86 platform most users end up using windows even if they have installed another os aswell.

  4. By aliquis () on

    And it's there -


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