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FreeBSD Developers Want List

This page lists various developer hardware needs. If you are interested in supporting the FreeBSD Project, you might consider donating some piece of hardware on this list to the Project.

We provide the FreeBSD username of the developer who needs a resource, the country they are in (for shipping purposes), the equipment they desire, and the use to which that equipment will be put.

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On a general note, we need a variety of Sparc64 machines for testing and improving our Sparc port. Even small, old (or new!) Sparc64 machines are perfectly usable. No matter which country you're in, we almost certainly have someone local who could use it. We could specifically use 1U rack-mounted Sparcs (such as E220R, E420R, Fire V100, Fire V120, or Netra T1 AC200) for our development and package-building clusters in the USA.

Developer ID Developer Country Equipment Desired Equipment Use
ade Oregon, USA dual Opteron or EM64T capable Xeon, 2 or 4GB, working gigE, 4*73GB (preferably SCSI but SATA is ok) fast box to run some heavy-duty ports infrastructure grunt work on i386 and amd64 including, but not limited to, an SQL-backended replacement for the current package building system testmachines. I'm willing to offer up a couple of mini-ITX systems (one Athlon-XP 2700+, 1G, 160GB SATA, gigE, the other an Athlon64-2800+, 1G, 160GB SATA, gigE, in return).
arved Austria hard drive mounting kit for Soekris net4801 Improve my Firewall
arved Austria small VLAN-capable switch, e.g. Cisco 2940-8TT Reduce wiring in my flat. More Switchports for more testmachines.
ceri UK One Soekris net4521-30 board with case (part no. 10452131) Reduce spinning parts in the study, which has to double as a nursery pretty soon.
ceri UK 19"+ Flatscreen monitor with DVI and VGA inputs Replace aged CRT
cognet France A Zaurus, with hard disk preferably. FreeBSD/arm development.
delphij Mountain View, CA, USA A SMP desktop computer or laptop which is suitable for at-home development. AMD64/EM64T capable system preferred; dual-core (not HTT) is ok. General FreeBSD kernel/userland development/testing.
des Norway Mac Mini with 1 GB RAM, no peripherals Tinderbox.
des Norway Opteron CPU Populate a CPU-less motherboard.
des Norway Any USB device based on the Cypress CY7C637xx / CY7C640/1xx USB to RS232 bridge chip. Improve the ucycom driver.
des Norway Any kind of authentication hardware (USB tokens, smart card readers, smart cards, fingerprint scanners, etc.) + documentation Develop and maintain support for hardware authentication.
dfr UK Firewire bus analyzer, 1394b is preferable but 1394a is acceptable. Debug and improve the performance of firewire, especially IP over firewire.
grehan California, USA Apple G4 XServe Rackmount PowerPC machine for developer cluster.
imp USA EISA-based pccard hardware Make EISA pccard driver work.
imp USA 3Com Xjack wireless card Make driver work.
jake Canada 2 450MHz UltraSPARC II CPUs Faster sparc64 test machine.
jake Canada Sun server or workstation with UltraSPARCIII CPUs, Blade 1000, Blade 2000, V280R, V480 or V880, preferably with 2 CPUs Sparc64 UltraSPARCIII support.
jcamou AZ, USA. Gigabit switch Development/build cluster. Any kind of switch could work.
jkoshy Rishi Valley, India An Intel Pentium-MMX CPU. Port/maintain hwpmc(4) for this CPU.
jmg California, USA Fast multiprocessor AMD64 capable machine (dual core CPU ok). General build box to support FreeBSD work including ARM and multi-arch testing of patches.
johan Sweden 17++ inch TFT monitor with both D-Sub and DVI-D connections. My current monitor is starting to give up.
jwd USA, North Carolina Cyclades TS800/1000 (or equivalent) Serial consoles for all hardware in the cluster.
lioux Brazil Network switch 10/100 Mbits. Network card Intel EtherExpress PCI 10/100 Mbits Get a K6 based machine back online and add it as an extra terminal to FreeBSD home LAN.
lioux Brazil Books on any of the following subjects: network protocol scheduling (bandwidth/transmission efficiency), process scheduling, scheduling theory in general, digesting (checksums, particularly fine grained checksumming for detection partial file corruption; e.g., tiger trees, sha1 trees), corruption detection and recovery (files, network protocol, etc), distributed processing (localization transparency, migration, redundancy, repartition, scheduling, message passing, shared memory, etc), peer to peer technology, device driver writing and operational system theory Improve my knowledge regarding operational systems and modern computer science challenges/technologies. For example, I want to write an improved downloading mechanism for FreeBSD distribution (ports and base) that supports graceful corruption detection/recovery, FTP/HTTP/other/it's own protocol, multi-part download, multi-server support, load distribution. Not all at once but in the long term. Most of this knowledge will be reverted to FreeBSD if I can.
lioux Brazil BrookTree chipset TV Capture Card: either BT848 or BT878 (preferred) that already works with FreeBSD. Adding BrookTree support to graphics/ffmpeg and several other video processing programs.
marcel CA, USA 1GB of low-profile PC133 SDRAM (168pin DIMM). Memory can be buffered or unbuffered. preferrably one 1GB DIMM or two 512MB DIMMs. Low-profile is a must. ECC is optional. More memory allows for better workloads when testing code in SMP setups.
markm Cambridge, UK Flexelint v8. ( (Semi-)automated code cleaning and cross-platform compiler needs cleaning.
marks The Netherlands ACPI laptops (also for lend) (1) ACPI laptops that work, to test new code on.
(2) ACPI laptops that don't work, (to try) to fix.
markus Germany IBM ThinkPad Dock II (1) Enhance the acpi_ibm(4) driver.
(2) Enhance docking support.
matusita Japan 2-3 build machines:Pentium4 2GHz+,20GB+ ATA66+ HDD,256MB+RAM, 100base-TX NIC,serial, etc. Rebuild dying
matusita Japan FTP server:Pentium3/Celeron 1GHz+,10GB+ ATA66+ HDD,100GB+ storage (RAID0+1 desirable),256MB+RAM, 100base-TX NIC,serial, etc. Rebuild dying
mbr Switzerland Network cards for RealTek 8129/8139 and clones, DEC/Intel 21143 and workalikes, SiS 900/7016 and clones, NatSemi DP83815/DP83820 and workalikes. I can give feedback if I still need the card. Fixed cards will go to the busdma project. Add support for unsupported and broken drivers.
mikeh VA, USA Cordless PS/2 keyboards/mice (especially Gyration and Microsoft wireless desktop products), or any other PS/2 keyboard mice, and KVM products that are not supported by FreeBSD. Improve PS/2 mouse/keyboard support in FreeBSD.
mux France Network cards listed on busdma project page. Busdma conversion of network cards.
mux France Relatively recent laptop with serial port Live kernel debugging.
obrien Silicon Valley, USA AlphaServer DS15. continued FreeBSD/alpha development and testing.
obrien Silicon Valley, USA 1U or 2U rack-mount cases, with power supplies. Build into AMD64 reference machines for the cluster.
peter California, USA Rack mount AMD64 Opteron system. To make available on the developer cluster.
phantom Germany/Ukraine Reasonably fast SMP machine Improve scalability of JDK.
phk Denmark IEEE-488 controller cards different than PCIIA, preferably PCI bus. I have started on rudimentary IEEE-488/GP-IB/HP-IB support but I only have access to an ISAN PCIIA controller.
sam USA crypto devices (pci, pcmcia, cardbus cards, CPUs with builtin crypto support) For improving hardware crypto support.
shaun United Kingdom UltraSPARC/PPC based laptop(s) (not too antiquated), complete or partial amd64 (or ia64?) system (something reasonably beefy), a Soekris 1401 or 1461 crypto accelerator, Cisco WIC-1ADSL card. Replace various dying or old bits of hardware; make my time a little more productive; expand development work on non-i386 architectures.
simon / cperciva Ontario, Canada Fast 1U rack mountable server. Preferably 4 cores, 2GB RAM, 2 x 36GB+ disks, decent hardware RAID controller for RAID1, 100Mbit NIC, and not too electrical power hungry. Faster portsnap build system to reduce time between portsnap builds and to introduce more redundancy in portsnap to reduce downtime in case one build server fails.
simon Denmark 12 port Remote Power Controller 220V 10A with serial or Ethernet connection. It does not have to be one big power controller and fewer than 12 ports can certainly also be a good start. Being able to remote power cycle servers hosted at home, including tb3 / and all the assosiated network equipment.
simon Denmark 8 port serial console server. Being able to remote manage servers hosted at home better, including tb3 /
simon Denmark Dual Opteron server motherboard which supports Opteron 875 CPU's, 2GB ECC RAM, 2xSATA disks (RAID1) Replacement hardware for / (it is currently running on my workstation) which is a system I host where all FreeBSD committers can get an account. It is mainly used by ports developers for testing, but is also used by multiple SoC 2006 students.
sos Denmark Serial ATA hardware: disks, controllers (including docs), cables, Serial ATA-ATA converters. Keep ATA support up to date.
tanimura Japan Any Japanese laptop (Preferably IBM Thinkpad A30 or A31). Replace a recently stolen IBM.
thierry France, but to be sent to Colombia A 128 MB RAM Module (Kingston KSY-F250/128 or equiv.), a replacement IDE HDD (4GB or more) for a laptop and a working battery (or 2) for a SONY VAIO PCG-F250 would be really nice. Pedro F. Giffuni's main dev. machine has been stolen; this hardware would permit to refurbish his laptop and let him maintain and develop ports (mainly cad / math / science).
thomas France UDMA controller, ATAPI floppy drive, ATAPI tape drive Ensure these ATAPI devices work with ATAPI/CAM with the same level of functionality currently available with the afd/ast drivers.