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Hardware donation needed: dual G4 macppc

Contributed by grey on from the c'mon they're not even asking for a dual G5, lend a hand dept.

While SMP for i386 and amd64 has been building steam in time for 3.6, the developers could really use some other architectures with multiple processors, in this case a dual G4 Mac. Read Todd Miller's post to misc@ here for additional details.

Also, don't forget about the requests on many of those items have been there for years. Some items like a USB2.0 hub can even be quite affordable (e.g. $17.10 for a USB 2.0 multi-transaction translator hub isn't asking for a lot). Donating to OpenBSD can entail more than buying CD's and swag after all.

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  1. By Peter Hessler ( on

    Dale has the code quite a bit of the way there. has some details.

  2. By Marklar ( on

    Yeah, but how often do requests for low-end hardware get offers but absolutely no response. I've tried to donate EISA NICs before when they were listed on the want page but nobody would even respond. I've got a dual PPro board + CPUs I could donate (SMP motherboards are currently listed on the want page), but should I bother if they're not even going to reply?

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      It's tough to get someone to respond sometimes. I had to email theo a couple of times about a ss20, but he did eventually respond. They're busy people. :)

    2. By Wim ( on

      It also depends where you live. Offers of hardware are frequently forwarded to developers, don't worry. First thing people always look for is location. Shipping hardware intercontinental is expensive, due to air freight and import taxes. No matter what you ask people, they always screw up the invoicing and developers end up paying sometimes huge import fees and handling fees. This is why we try and keep (heavy and expensive) hardware within borders like US/Canada and Europe. I'm willing to help out in moving hardware in Europe as I travel a lot and I drive a medium size truck (sic). There might be specific demand for the hardware you offer, but not necessary in the geographic area where you live.

    3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      how many thousands of emails do they get? I emailed Theo about a SS20 also, and he responded within a few minutes.

      1. By metal-x ( on

        Idem, theo answer me and told me to send it to todd.(it was a wireless card)

    4. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    5. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      i don't understand.

  3. By kris ( on

    What about SPARC? Is there an issue with them? I have some multiproc SS20's and some enterprise level servers I would LOVE to run OpenBSD on instead of Solaris. What *IS* the status with this? Anyone?

    1. By tedu ( on

      maybe later. :)
      on a practical note, it's probably best to try supporting machines of more recent vintage. they aren't making new ss20's. they are still making macs, which are increasingly coming in smp only configurations.
      but if somebody wants it to happen, they will.

      1. By Sean ( on

        If you want to be practical, wouldn't working on the arcatectures that people have be a better idea then simply the newest thing. Given the price of a Dual G5 to a SS20, which can do 1, 2 or 4 way smp, I would bet there are more people running the Sparcs that also run OpenBSD compared to those running a G5 who want OpenBSD.I think they want these and the O2's just because they're cooler to work on.

  4. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    sorry for offtop but how to compile asm source code in OPENBSD ??standart scheme won't work: as -o s.o s.s ; ld -o s s.oit will give raw elf binary, but i need openbsd-elf binary like we get after gcc compiled .c code

    1. By Anonymous Cheese ( on

      use elf2olf(1).
      In your case use "elf2olf s".
      Search the MARC archives for more info:

    2. By Janne Johansson ( on

      Or you can compile it with "gcc -xassembler mysource.S -o foobar.exe" and have it link and do stuff like when compiling C programs.

    3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      no that's allright if install gcc3 gcc -o file file.s that's all

  5. By grey ( on

    This hardware is still needed. See:And even ebay turns up some cheap finds.


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