NetBSD has been ported to toaster. At the LinuxWorld Expo in San Fransisco, the NetBSD Project showed off a toaster running NetBSD.
NetBSD Ported to Toaster
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2005-08-11 5:48 pmAnonymous
Amen. Guess it’s no longer a joke that NetBSD runs on toasters…
2005-08-11 5:50 pmcorentin
> Now try to do that with the proprietary Microseft Windows XP piece of shit system.
You mean Windows CE ?
2005-08-11 6:16 pmAnonymous
You mean Windows CE ?
2005-08-11 5:58 pmAnonymous
Windows users tend not to care about porting their OS to useless hardware, but rather, we just use it and not worry about anything else. OS X users are much the same way. We just use OS X, and not worry about anything else, because it works.
But where is the turtle?!
Didn’t the saying go “a toaster on the back of a turtle could run NetBSD” or something like that?
It’s pretty good looking too. Much better than x86 PC cases.
One has to ask though… will it complain, that my wholemeal bread isn’t compatible with white_toast.so.4?
And what about slice configurations? does it support 2 slice, 4 slice and 6 slice systems?
Okay on a serious note, I have to agree this is very cool, but I think I’ll stick to my toaster which enjoys burning toast no matter what setting you chose for now.
It’s been running on toasters for YEARS. I think they had it serial console booting on the SGI O2 in 2000 or earlier…
Just run some AI on it and we’ll be plumb centre of the BSG universe. It all started with AI toasters don’t you know.
Toasters are nice, but how about smart fridges that say “Hello” to you and can make a calorie-proper sandwich?
Hehe.. now I know what I want for Xmas, . This toy is superb!
Actually I can remember *two* famous sayings emphasizing NetBSD’s superior portability.
One is about toasters, the other one is
~~ I just threw a squirrel carcass in a cardboard box and installed NetBSD on it. ~~
They turned the former into reality. I kind of hope they don’t do the same with the latter – it’d be definitely gross. And I can’t imagine showing it off at an Expo..
2005-08-11 7:50 pmorestes
It’d be so worth it just to watch the some of the more overzealous PETA folks’ heads explode.
Actually, Red Dwarf was first with the AI Toaster. It annoyed the main character Lister so much by asking “Would you like any toast?” that Lister destroyed it. At least, until Kryton rebuilt it and it started asking if Lister would like English Muffins!
but to the guy who said “Windows users tend not to care about porting their OS to useless hardware, but rather, we just use it and not worry about anything else. OS X users are much the same way. We just use OS X, and not worry about anything else, because it works.” i sure hope that was sarcasm or a bad joke.
actually you are sort of right, windows users just use it an not worry about anything. not the fact that there bloated infected os is slowing down the network with brodcasts of their personall info…or spreading virus laden email..and mass stupidity.
“And what about slice configurations? does it support 2 slice, 4 slice and 6 slice systems? ”
If I am not mistaken, the NetBSD folks have MSS working (Muilt Slice Support) and that it is quite scable between multi-slice boards.
PS: Great accomplishment. And that is a damn cool looking toaster.
don’t forget the RiscOS pizza oven in 2001
If they had used Linux, the toaster would can use a no-MMU CPU 🙂
Linux can be ported to some platforms NetBSD can not.
2005-08-12 12:40 amAnonymous
This might be splitting hairs, but that’s uCLinux, not Linux. I think uCLinux is developed differently.
2005-08-12 1:23 amAnonymous
No, uCLinux is now part of linux kernel 2.6, I think
2005-08-12 6:17 amAnonymous
It was one of netbsd’s google summer project but it didn’t pass :-(.
2005-08-12 10:40 amAnonymous
Rip the memory protection out of the kernel, and you can have something like a µNetBSD.
Yeah, but can it make coffee
For some reason, the BSD toaster reminds me of this classic:
I do believe I need one of these.
What exactly is the toaster using the OS for ? I expected something like the toaster that burns the weather report on your toast ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/06/04/bread_as_a_display_device/ )
2005-08-12 12:37 pmsmitty_one_each
>What exactly is the toaster using the OS for ?
Emacs on rye, if you must know why.
(require ‘butter.el); it’s falling, the sky.
Are those two slices of bread or dual AMD Opteron CPUs
Now try to do that with the proprietary Microseft Windows XP piece of shit system.