The following list outlines hardware that the OpenBSD project could use.
There are a number of reasons why developers need hardware, and it is important
to first of all realize these reasons:
If you do not own these devices, but want to help us, we recommend you
search on eBay for the devices. If
you do the bidding and then get the device shipped to us, it really
helps us. It is better if developers develop, and skip the bidding process,
since any time saved can be spent on improving OpenBSD instead.
- To support a specific device, normally one which is more rare or new.
- To be part of their development environment.
- Some types of machines may be different in some way
(i.e. big-endian or unsigned-char) and ensure that developers
write code more carefully.
- That said, space or power may be at a premium for some people.
If it is clear which specific developer should be contacted, please do
so directly. Otherwise contact Theo de Raadt
who will pass on the message to whichever developers are in need.
Please be very clear as to where you are located!! For larger items this
can be very important.
General device requirements
We try to spread these types of devices around our development community.
- Laptops. These die often enough that as a group our needier
developers need help replacing about 2-3 per year.
- Apple Mac powerpc equipment.
- HP J6750 machines (J6700 is the second best choice).
- Faster & smaller sparc64 machines, for instance 1U rack mount
machines. It is important to spread sparc64 around the development
community, since it is the most strict platform for detecting non-portable
or buggy code.
- Any amd64 or faster i386 hardware which comes available.
- We generally do not need older and "very common" ISA/PCI equipment, since
our developers will generally have gotten their hands on these in the
10Gb Ethernet Support
David Gwynne (in Australia), and Claudio Jeker (in Switzerland) are working
on support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet devices. These developers would like the
following hardware to help development:
Contact email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10GbaseSR SFP+ modules for use in 10Gb network cards
- Switches with 10Gb modules for hacking
- Direct Attach (SFP+) and CX4 cabling
- optical cabling with LC connectors (for 10GbaseSR and 10GbaseLR)
- Broadcom, Emulex (ServerEngines) and QLogic 10Gb NICs for driver
Specific platform requests by our developers
Specific devices and equipment needed by our developers
- Sun StorEdge MultiPack-FC desktop array needed in Assen, The Netherlands.
- A variety pack of shortish (SFP connectors on at least one end) fibers
wanted in Calgary.
- A PCIe to USB 2.0+1.1 card supported by ehci(4) and ohci(4) is wanted
in France or Germany, for USB MP development.
- A (supported!) umb(4) usb stick is needed in Den Haag, The Netherlands.
- A laptop is wanted in Cergy, France. Contact email@example.com.
- USB TRNG harware such as Araneus Alea II
Noise is wanted in Colorado and the Netherlands. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- USB wifi devices based on AR7010 chips (see link for specific product names), with and without support for 5GHz channels, are needed in Berlin, Germany, in order to improve and maintain athn(4) driver support for open source firmware which can run on such devices. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.