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Debian GNU/kFreeBSD build daemon upgraded

I am running a build daemon for the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port. It was a bit overloaded by the high number of packages to build since the CXX ABI transition has begun. I decided to use the old mainboard of my main computer to upgrade it from an AMD K6-2 500 to an Athlon XP 1800+. I also had to buy a new box since the old mainboard was an AT one, whereas this mainboard is an ATX one. The hard disks (an old 8.4 GB IDE disk for the system and an old 4.3 GB SCSI disk for the build daemon stuff) are still a bit slow, that is probably the next thing I’ll upgrade.

It runs for a few hours now and has already reduced the backlog. Currently 83% of the Debian packages are built for the kfreebsd-i386 architecture.

New mainboard and new CPU

I have just upgraded my main computer with a new motherboard and a new CPU. It now has and Athlon 64 3000+ CPU, it is a lot faster than my old Athlon XP 1800+.

I have four SATA disks in a software RAID 5 array, and with my old mainboard the SATA controllers were on two PCI cards. The PCI bus was limiting the maximum transfer rate to about 60 MB/s. My new mainboard has an NForce 3 chipset, which has two SATA controllers connected directly to the HyperTransport bus, so that I can reach 158 MB/s. That’s a great improvement!

I have a total of 5 hard-disks, 1 DVD-ROM drive and 1 DVD-RW drive resulting in a lot of cables and a big mess in the mini-tower box, as it could be seen on the photo below. Hopefully I now have less PCI cards as the soundcard, the SATA controllers and the ethernets controllers are now integrated on the mainboard.

Inside my main computer

Now that the hardware is setup, I’ll have to look at the software, as my computer is still running in 32-bit mode.

Strange keyboard

Sam has got a laptop with a very strange keyboard. Have a look:

Sam\'s keyboard

No, it’s not a DVORAK one.

Actually he explained me he tried to convert the QWERTY keyboard into a DVORAK one, but some of the keys can not be swapped because of the trackpoint. And he is using it as a QWERTY keyboard.

Hardware problems

I have got two hardware problems today.

First my UPS died, leaving my servers at home as well as my ADSL modem without any power. The bad thing is that I am not at home, but in Helsinki for Debconf 5, so I had to managed to get it replaced by simple wires, by phone. That was not that easy, because the person that did the changes (thanks a lot Dominique) hasn’t my keys, and thus have to get it first.

The second problem I got today concerns my laptop. It seems the memory has not supported the flight to Helsinki, and I had to remove half of it 🙁