Thursday Jan 21, 2010

OpenSolaris + Fit-PC2 + Mediasonic Pro Box 4 Bay Enclosure

After the failure of the SATA and USB ports on my Intel D945GCL Atom board, I decided to build out a new file server. Sticking to the Atom theme, I decided to go small and get the CompuLab FIT-PC2. This little toy uses the Z530 1.6Ghz CPU that apparently uses only 6 watts of power. I'm assuming that means *without* a hard drive installed.


Measuring in at around 115 x 101 x 27mm (~ 4.5"x4.0"x1.0"), it is only big enough to hold one laptop sized 2.5" SATA drive.


The drive I installed only has 80GB of space. That would run out real quick with my needs, so I decided to get a MediaSonic USB disk enclosure to link up with my server. It can hold up to 4 SATA drives.


The PC sits on top of the enclosure on my bookshelf taking up 8.5" x 5.0" x 6.5" amount of space. This is not only power efficient, but space efficient since I am using 4 x 1TB drives. 4TB total (theoretical), ~2.6TB in a ZFS raidz. If I were to have purchased the 2TB drives, it would be even better.

Doug's blog on the FIT-PC2 gives a good overview on the features of the device and what works. There is no wifi driver and Xorg doesn't work, so you may want to install OpenSolaris on another machine before installing the internal HDD. My server is headless and uses the built-in gigabit ethernet, so I don't care about those issues.


Links and prices Total = $748

Thursday Dec 11, 2008

2008.11 on the Asus EEE 701

Things that have been fixed/work out of the box since 2008.05

  • Keyboard/mouse now fully functional throughout the install
  • Sound works by default
  • Webcam *should* work by default (my model doesn't have one so I can't test)
  • Atheros wi-fi still requires an additional download
    $ wget http://opensolaris.org/os/community/laptop/downloads/ath-x86-ar5007eg-pkg.tar.gz
    $ tar zxvf ath-x86-ar5007eg-pkg.tar.gz
    # pkgadd -d SUNWatheros
    # init 6
    
  • Attansic L1/L2 ethernet is now functional thanks to our good friend Masayuki Murayama
    $ wget http://homepage2.nifty.com/mrym3/taiyodo/atge-2.6.2.tar.gz
    $ tar zxvf atge-2.6.2.tar.gz
    $ cd atge-2.6.2
    # make install
    # ./adddrv.sh
    # devfsadm -i atge0
    # ifconfig atge0 plumb
    

    Asus EEE 701 vs. 30 inch Dell Monitor
    800x480 vs. 2560x1600 resolution
    Longs Peak in the background
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    Hiya, my name is Paul Johnson and I'm a software engineer working on the ZFS storage appliance .

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