20 May 2011 Gilbou   » (Journeyer)

finished installing openbsd on the loongson-2f machine. was quite easy. just dumping with dd the openbsd 4.9 miniroot.fs on a usb key, boot it from pmon (i really like the way it handles devices, /dev/fs/<filesytem>@<device>/path/to/whatever). seems much more handy to use than what i was used to on sun machines :p

the battery should give the netbook about 1h30 of life, but it goes a little above. machine kept running for 1h50 before shutting down. at 3 % the netbook suddenly shot down so openbsd won't be happy and fsck the whole thing. need to write a script that does a shutdown when battery reaches 5 % or so (suspend/sleep not supported yet). that will teach me not to respect what that battery blinking red led means

running at full cpu speed (797 MHz) after 1h apm reported battery at 47 % with an estimated running time left of 51 min. after 1h45 17 % was left, and then battery started going down fast. at 1h47 there was 3 % left. since it's a new battery running its very first charge, things will get better after 3/5 full decharge/charge cycles. autonomy at full speed is 1h50 to 2h which is quite good for a 23 Wh battery.

here is the openbsd 4.9 dmesg for the machine. X currently runs in non accelerated mode, using frame buffer. only one console in vt110 so you need to install screen on console. launching X is just typing startx. right now i am using the defaut fvwm window manager preinstalled with it, does the job for now. wonder if i'll install gnome or not since i mostly spend all my time over a dozen xterms.

frame buffer runs at 1024 x 600 (screen resolution, it's 10 inches) in 16 bits/pixel. i took two screenshots using xwd : first shows a top running with a uname -a for the platform (mips, 64-bits, little endian). second shows installation of a few packages using pkg_add.

i need to install a lightweight wm. probably will be xfce. machine does run gnome (i think the default linux i removed was using gnome) but i am still wondering.

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