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Boingboing banned me

Tip: Don’t complain about Boingboing posting affiliate links without disclosing them, something that is now illegal under US law. You’ll get a year long ban and a pithy message:

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There were not “multiple complaints” – I checked and nothing was said on the thread at all. It’s just a moderator instantly banning people who talk about affiliate links, the way that the site earns most of its revenue, and something they don’t want to discuss at all.

I thought the New Economy was supposed to be about having a “Conversation”? Guess the New Economy isn’t that much different from the old economy after all.

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Fedora 22 aarch64 virt-builder image

Fedora 22 was released today for x86, and almost simultaneously for aarch64. I have already built a virt-builder image, so you can install it immediately (either on real hardware or under virtualization on x86):

$ virt-builder --arch aarch64 fedora-22

To boot this on x86, use a slightly modified version of the instructions from here:

$ wget http://libguestfs.org/download/builder/fedora-22-aarch64-nvram.xz
$ unxz fedora-22-aarch64-nvram.xz
$ qemu-system-aarch64 -nodefconfig -nodefaults -display none \
    -M virt -cpu cortex-a57 -machine accel=tcg \
    -m 2048 \
    -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=/usr/share/edk2.git/aarch64/QEMU_EFI-pflash.raw,readonly \
    -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=fedora-22-aarch64-nvram \
    -device virtio-scsi-device,id=scsi \
    -drive file=fedora-22.img,format=raw,if=none,id=hd0 \
    -device scsi-hd,drive=hd0 \
    -netdev user,id=usernet \
    -device virtio-net-device,netdev=usernet \
    -serial stdio

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Actions S900-based 64 bit development board

Never heard of the company or of their 64 bit ARM SoC, but there is a press release here.

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Fedora 22 virt-builder image

Fedora 22 has been released. And there is a virt-builder cloud image available:

$ virt-builder fedora-22
$ virt-install --import --name test-f22 \
    --ram 2048 --disk path=fedora-22.img,format=raw \
    --os-variant fedora21

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Fedora 21 chrooted on an aarch64 Nexus 9

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A while back I bought a Nexus 9, mainly because it has a weird processor that emulates a 64 bit ARM (aarch64). Google seem to have abandoned this platform entirely, just 6 months after I got it, so fuck you too Google. Anyway here’s how I installed a Fedora 21 aarch64 chroot on the device, using virt-builder and virt-tar-out and a bunch of unnecessary hassle.

First I ran virt-builder, which takes under a minute to produce a Fedora 21 aarch64 disk image. I then used virt-tar-out to convert all the files in that disk image into a tar file:

$ virt-builder --arch aarch64 fedora-21
$ virt-tar-out -a fedora-21.img / chroot.tar

Copy this file over to the N9, and unpack it. I have rooted my N9, so I can do this as root to preserve all the permissions etc:

# mkdir root
# cd root
# tar -xf /sdcard/Download/chroot.tar
# cd ..

And how can there not be a tar utility in Android?? I had to build a static ‘tar’ for aarch64 using my existing aarch64 server, to run the above command. And and and how can there be no chroot utility either!? I ended up compiling that myself too yada yada.

After all that you can do:

# mount -o bind /dev root/dev
# mount -o bind /proc root/proc
# mount -o bind /sys root/sys
# PATH=/usr/bin:/bin LD_PRELOAD= chroot root /bin/bash

which gives me at least a Fedora 21 shell on Android.

Edit: A few further notes:

  1. When setting up a non-root user account inside the chroot, give it the same UID, GID and groups as the ordinary non-privileged Android user account. In particular it must be in the inet group, else network access is blocked.
  2. You may need to set up /etc/resolv.conf by hand in the chroot.

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New home gateway router (part 3) — network configuration

This is just some notes and links about how I set up the firewall and PPPoE on RHEL 7.

For firewalld, a very useful reference is: http://www.certdepot.net/rhel7-get-started-firewalld/ To enable IPv4 masquerading, see this mailing list posting.

For PPPoE, as always the ArchLinux wiki pages are the best.

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New home gateway router (part 2) — the Gigabyte Brix

As explained in the previous post I’m building a new home gateway router, and for this I chose the Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-2807, the lowest end product in Gigabyte’s Brix range.

brix

It was a bit of a saga to get it working. The main problem was the RAM that I bought was faulty, but I didn’t know that at the time since all you get is a blank display. The Brix uses strange low voltage SO-DIMMs and it’s unlikely you’d have any lying around — I certainly did not. Guessing that it could be the RAM, I ordered more which took another two days, and that worked.

Suggestion for Gigabyte: solder a minimal amount of RAM on the motherboard (eg. 256 MB) so that the Brix at least boots to the EFI shell with no SO-DIMM inserted.

Disassembling and reassembling the Brix is fiddly, but I got there in the end.

Without an operating system installed, it boots into the EFI shell. Booting with a RHEL USB key boots straight into the RHEL installer.

The dual core 64 bit Celeron is pretty nice given that the whole system cost me £137.

lstopo looks like this:

brix-lstopo

and /proc/cpuinfo like this:

processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 55
model name	: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU  N2807  @ 1.58GHz
stepping	: 8
microcode	: 0x811
cpu MHz		: 981.246
cache size	: 1024 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 2
core id		: 0
cpu cores	: 2
apicid		: 0
initial apicid	: 0
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 11
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch ida arat epb dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid tsc_adjust smep erms
bogomips	: 3166.40
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 1
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 55
model name	: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU  N2807  @ 1.58GHz
stepping	: 8
microcode	: 0x811
cpu MHz		: 1831.644
cache size	: 1024 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 2
core id		: 1
cpu cores	: 2
apicid		: 2
initial apicid	: 2
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 11
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch ida arat epb dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid tsc_adjust smep erms
bogomips	: 3166.40
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

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