Thursday, April 1, 2010 GNU-Darwin Distribution: News

Project News for GNU-Darwin Distribution

  • GNU-Darwin: hardware, sales, money

    Sorry to report that we were unable to procure the Astrolabe cluster for
    the Distribution. Huge thanks to those who tried to help, but we fell
    quite short. It should be noted that we don't distribute the ppc
    version of the OS at this time, because we are currently unable to
    verify that it works without the proprietary drivers. This is primarily
    due to our current lack of a suitable machine for testing.

    I am monkey-wrenching some hardware around the house in order to free
    up my wife's college G4 for the purpose of OS testing, but I can't yet
    guarantee success there. We are working to address this problem as we
    can, but everyone should note that we are all unpaid volunteer
    developers with big responsibilities elsewhere.

    Thanks to everyone who has been donating money, purchasing discs, and
    subscribing to our web services, and aside from out-of-date Apple
    hardware, we are otherwise secure and well equipped. Distribution
    proceeds are now going primarily into savings for a new Apple machine,
    which I hope to have in service in about one year. It is unfortunate
    that we were unable to procure the famous G4 proto-cluster ;-}, but I am
    also confident that we will eventually have these problems solved

    BTW, next time you hear from be, I will probably on the job at Johns
    Hopkins School of Medicine. Many thanks to all the GNU-Darwinists
    and others who helped to make the last 3.5 years an exciting adventure.
    We are just getting started, and GNU-Darwin will remain robustly engaged
    through this transition and for the duration. As always, please feel
    free to pass this info along as you like, and contact me anytime.

    Michael L. Love
    Cornell University

    2004-03-26 23:43:22 GMT by proclus

  • GNU-Darwin: publication, astrolabe cluster

    GNU-Darwin and Apple get a peer-reviewed nod this month in the upcoming
    issue of the journal Structure. Nearly all the computational work was
    done at Cornell using the "Astrolabe" G4 minicluster and GNU-Darwin
    tools. That includes molecular graphics production, building the
    structure, crystallographic refinement, and writing the paper. I used
    GNU-Darwin ppc, x86, VIM, Ghostscript, LaTeX, PyMOL, gdFortran, LAM/MPI,
    AbiWord, OpenOffice, Mozilla, and Raster3D, many of which get mentioned
    in the paper. If you like structural biology and free software, it is
    worth a look.

    The Distribution now has an opportunity to obtain the Astrolabe
    mini-cluster which was used for most of these calculations. There are
    two 533MHz Dual G4 machines, with a connecting Asante gigabit switch,
    all for the cost of $600. Many of you know that I am moving to Johns
    Hopkins in a couple of weeks, so I am unfortunately unable to make the
    purchase at this time, due to moving expenses, etc. We must leave this
    up to our benefactors and users. If you would like us to acquire this
    excellent machine expressly for package production and other
    Distro-related developments, please send us cash a donation soon. Time
    is of the essence.

    Here is the Structure reference, which should be available in a few
    days. It is a great example of the amazing things that can be done with
    free software and Apple computers together.

    Article title: ADP-ribosyl cyclase: crystal structures reveal a covalent intermediate
    Authors: Michael L. Love, Doletha M. E. Szebenyi, Irina A. Kriksunov, Daniel J. Thiel, Cyrus Munshi, Richard Graeff, Hon Cheung Lee, Quan Hao
    Journal title: Structure
    Citation Information: Vol 12/3 pp 477-486

    Some of you may be able to view the article at the Structure website or
    Science Direct.

    (update Wed Mar 24 15:07:28 EST 2004

    Here is the direct link.

    Sorry if you get more than one copy of this message. It is crucial for
    us to obtain more Apple machines in order to maintain our package
    collection and OS installers at the level that our users are accustomed
    to. Please consider helping the Distro at this crucial time. Thanks!

    Michael L. Love
    Cornell University

    2004-03-08 21:17:38 GMT by proclus

  • GNU-Darwin: new shell server

    We have a new server for our shell account users. This 2GHz AMD XP
    machine has a loaded motherboard; USB, Firewire, Bluetooth, Promise
    SATA/RAID, IR, Gigabit network, etc. That should be really nice for
    development. This thing was a steal. I got a refurbished MSI K400
    Ultra FISR from Newegg, and a black Chieftec server chassis from
    Ebay for cheap. I'm planning on building it up as a terabyte
    server/freenet node for the Distro.

    It is running gnu-darwin-701-1fv, which was a bit of a trick. I had to
    copy some files from the CDR to get it working.

    If you would like to try a GNU-Darwin shell account or other internet services, we are still running our free trial offer. Check it out!


    2004-02-19 17:26:15 GMT by proclus

  • GNU-Darwin free OS: 7.0.1

    I adapted Sen's directions to GNU-Darwin-only with a spare hard drive
    (see below), removed the proprietary drivers, and got a bootable raw
    image. If you just want to try the installer image, then you only need
    the cdrecord command at the end. I won't be able to test this installer
    before Monday, but thought that some of you might like to have the
    initial cut now. I am busy with interviews this week, but we might be
    able to upgrade the shell server to 701-free version later this month,
    if everything works out. The transfer will take a long time, but
    it will appear at the following links.

    MD5 (gnu-darwin-701-1fv.cdr.gz) = c0051756f21f882b82a0942005095fe1
    430935068 bytes

    MD5 (gnu-darwin-701-1fv.sources.iso.gz) = 105f3077819cbaf905886448a3f7df03
    431677647 bytes

    This is an HFS/ISO fat platter, which was ripped and burnt entirely with
    free software and GNU-Darwin-x86. It might not boot automatically on
    ppc machines because of the bless problem, although maybe it will work
    with some Open Firmware voodoo. Maybe something like the following.

    boot cd:mach_kernel

    It will be interesting to see how much ppc hardware is supported with
    the proprietary drivers removed. Any aids, suggestions, workarounds,
    etc, to this issue or the procedure below will be much appreciated, and
    I am confident that we will get to very much enlarged hardware support
    real soon now.

    If you would like to pre-order a hard copy CDR, just send $20 to the
    Distro PayPal, with your shipping address. We will get this out as soon
    as possible.

    There are reports that this version includes much expanded hardware
    support, such as SMP for some x86 configurations. We may have
    additional favorable hardware reports sometime after Monday. Cheers!


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    cd darwin-701
    rsync -rvltpog ./usr/standalone/i386 /tmp
    cd /tmp/i386
    mkisofs -R -V Darwin -no-emul-boot -T -J -c -b cdboot -hide-joliet-trans-tbl -v -o /tmp/i386.iso .
    cd /tmp
    du i386.iso
    pdisk /dev/rdisk0 -initialize
    pdisk /dev/rdisk0 -dump
    pdisk /dev/rdisk0 -createPartition Darwin Apple_HFS 712 1330424
    pdisk /dev/rdisk0 -dump
    dd if=/tmp/i386.iso of=/dev/rdisk0 skip=64 seek=64 bs=512
    mkdir -p /mnt
    newfs_hfs -v Darwin /dev/rdisk0s3
    mount -t hfs -o perm /dev/disk0s3 /mnt
    cd /Users/proclus/darwin-701
    rsync -rvltpog . /mnt
    dd if=/dev/rdisk0 of=gnu-darwin-701-1fv.cdr bs=512 count=1331135
    cdrecord dev=IODVDServices speed=2 -v -raw96r gnu-darwin-701-1fv.cdr

    2004-01-18 04:40:24 GMT by proclus

  • GNU-Darwin supports AMD/Via (still)

    Darwin-7 initial report.

    I just tried the new Darwin-7 disc, and the situation appears favorable
    thus far. It booted just fine on an Apple G4, and on a 2 gigahertz
    Barton-core AMD XP with Via chipset. Contrary to some reports, the x86
    hardware support appears to be expanded, with possibly improved serial
    drivers. This looks like a winner to me.

    Has anyone tried it with an AMD 64 yet? You should be able to try the
    disc without affecting your installed OS. Please send a report, good
    or bad.

    I'll be assessing the proprietary driver situation soon, as well as the
    possibility of making a bootable disk without proprietary tools. More
    to come.


    2003-11-18 23:21:15 GMT by proclus

Here are some GNU-Darwin News releases going back to the very beginning. More to come.


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