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FreeBSD Ported to XBox

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the mulitplicity dept.

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NetFiber writes "FreeBSD has been ported to the XBox. "Over the last 2 weeks, I have been working on a port of FreeBSD for the XBox. The port is fully functional. The framebuffer is fully supported, same goes for sound and USB devices (such as an USB keyboard). Only ethernet is missing, currently." The FreeBSD on XBox website is here, downloads included." Update: 07/27 14:50 GMT by T : Rink Springer writes with a request that you use the primary mirror instead.

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But does (5, Funny)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175083)

But does FreeBSD on Xbox run Linux? Yeah.

Re:But does (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175120)

It certainly does. I installed gentoo [shallax.com] on it at over 2 years ago.

Re:But does (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175517)

Hang in there it will be done emerging real soon now.

Re:But does (2, Funny)

.sig (180877) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175221)

Bah, get OSX on it and you can have your very own iBox...

Re:But does (3, Informative)

WushuJim (595318) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175301)

Actually, you can run Linux binaries with the Linux binary compatibility module.

It may not be a hoax... (2, Insightful)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175087)

...but:

"This XBE file hasn't been tested, as we don't have a modchipped XBOX."

Anyone out there with a chipped xbox know if this works at all? :)

Re:It may not be a hoax... (0)

pcmanjon (735165) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175466)

Why do people bother porting this stuff to oddball platforms anyway. Talent like this could be used elsewhere in the OSS community instead of wasting time porting stuff to platforms like Nitendo DS.

I know people like to make 'media centers' and other stuff with their xbox, but it seems like it's a waste of time from a developer standpoint. People need to work on things to increase the userbase of the community -- not porting Linux and BSD distros to platforms intended for one purpose and one purpose alone (gaming)

That's just my opinion on it, I feel that it's a waste of time.

Re:It may not be a hoax... (3, Insightful)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175486)

my xbox gathers dust, fbsd on it would be a nice toy

> platforms intended for one purpose and one purpose alone (gaming)
do you know what a turing machine is ?

Re:It may not be a hoax... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175545)

What something can and what something is intended to do are very different things.

Ask yourself this question : (3, Interesting)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175845)

Ask yourself this question : What is the purpose of the XBox ?

Re:Ask yourself this question : (0)

computerdude33 (890573) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175895)

Xbox's purpose: collect dust. Or put *NIX on it and make it useful.

Re:Ask yourself this question : (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175976)

I don't need to. Someone else already answered this. Its purpose is for playing games. It isn't intended to be a web server or a way of running OOo or whatever else you might have in mind.

Re:It may not be a hoax... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175512)

This is what people do in their free time...it's a hobby. People do hobbies for enjoyment. Why do some people feel that OSS needs to have a real use?

Ethernet missing? (3, Insightful)

coflow (519578) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175089)

This is pretty cool, although from TFA: Only ethernet is missing, currently, as the binary only driver in /usr/ports/net/nvnet fails with an error 5, for some reason. Assistance there would be very welcome.

I suspect this is a feature that would be fairly important to most users.

Re:Ethernet missing? (1)

wormuniverse (818854) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175110)

nah. all I ever do wil my freeBSD box is play GNUchess.

Re:Ethernet missing? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175502)

No way man!

GLTron!

Re:Ethernet missing? (2, Insightful)

zyche (784345) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175152)

If all you whiners cared to actually RTFA you would have spotted "A lot of USB ethernet controllers" listed under hardware support. These doesn't cost much these days, and *BSD supports most of them.

Re:Ethernet missing? (1, Redundant)

nxtw (866177) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175187)

I'm sure they'd all work great with the Xbox's USB ports. That is, after you get an adapter for the controller ports. But why spend money on getting USB to work just to have Ethernet over USB 1, when there's already a builtin 10/100 Ethernet port right on the back?

Re:Ethernet missing? (1)

aXis100 (690904) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175207)

Whilst Im sure you put in alot of effort and should be commended, claiming "fully functional" whilst admitting that something *isn't* functional seems like asking for trouble.

"Almost fully functional" would have gotten you almost as much credit without the hastle.

Re:Ethernet missing? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175243)

Stop saying "whilst", you douche.

Re:Ethernet missing? (-1, Troll)

aXis100 (690904) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175449)

meh.

Re:Ethernet missing? (4, Informative)

cbreaker (561297) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175338)

You can't just plug in "a lot of USB ethernet controllers" because the XBox controller ports, albiet USB, are not a USB connection. You need a converter, and THEN the controller. And when all is said and done, you'd left with a crappy 11Mbit of USB Ethernet speeds whereas the onboard controller (e100) is actually very good.

I'm not whining - I really don't give a crap either way. But this isn't a solution by any means.

Re:Ethernet missing? (3, Informative)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175992)

you can quickly and easily make a MS USB to normal USB adapter with a USB extension cord, a solder gun, solder, and an xbox breakwaway cable in about in 5 mins... Instructions are on the linux xbox website

Re:Ethernet missing? (2, Interesting)

Ezdaloth (675945) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175421)

No shit this driver fails, it is supposed to support NVidia nforce2 chipset with AMD processors. Not the (also nvidia) network chip in the xbox. The ethernet chip is probably quite similar to the nforce chip, but the rest of the hardware isn't ...

The best bet might be to port the linux forcedeth drivers. They're the only OSS drivers for the chip.

BSD vs. Linux (tm) (5, Funny)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175090)

The perfect way to prove BSD is more secure than Linux: no ethernet.

I'll go RTFA now...

Re:BSD vs. Linux (tm) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175418)

Ethernet DOES work, via USB.

Required Redundant Joke (-1, Redundant)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175916)

FreeBSD Ported to XBox

Further proof that BSD is, in fact, dying.

No ethernet? (1)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175094)

How long till the get Ethernet working?

As soon as they can get the Ethernet working I can have the low cost, small form factor webserver I have been looking for.

Re:No ethernet? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175163)

I don't think the Xbox can be considered small you know...

Re:No ethernet? - Gentoox been going years (2, Informative)

trancemission (823050) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175292)

I have happily been running web/mail server on my xbox for over a year: http://gentoox.shallax.com/ [shallax.com] This guy is dedicated and has an interesting history with the 'offical' xbox project. This distro kicks ass.....oh and he's done all this whilst at uni and just got his results A1/A1/A1/A2 :)

Re:No ethernet? - Gentoox been going years (1)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175636)

Just what I was looking for. Thanks.

Re:No ethernet? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175873)

Until you get slash-dotted, that is.

Then you'll have a firebox. Smoldering and smoking. Possibly even setting your entertainment center ablaze.

Er... why? (-1, Troll)

tangledbank (902770) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175097)

I don't see the point, other than "this can be done". It's going to less functional, clumsy to use and slower than on a computer. It won't be able to play games and requires modding. Are there any advantages?

Re:Er... why? (4, Interesting)

metternich (888601) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175222)

The Hardware on the Xbox is sold at a lost by Microsoft. (They make their profits off the games they sell.) Therefore, if you can mod an Xbox to be a regular computer, you can get better performance/$$ than you would otherwise be able to get.

Re:Er... why? (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175342)

That was certainly true at the time of the Xbox launch. But it's been a while since. Prices on the cpu's hard drives, etc, etc, used in it have all dropped significantly since. I wonder how much of a loss the sale of a new one actually costs them these days.

Re:Er... why? (2, Interesting)

aderusha (32235) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175387)

The price of the components has certainly come down, and if you open up a recent (version 1.6) xbox and compare it to an earlier version, you'll find that they have greatly streamlined the number of discreet components inside.

However, the xbox originally sold for $399 and now retails for $150. Who knows if they're still loosing money on these, but I'd guess they still are subsidizing the software/online business by taking a loss on the hardware.

Re:Er... why? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175224)

  • Cheap server to play with
  • Play any media the likes of mplayer can play
  • Act as a jukbox
  • Browse, email etc on the TV
  • A backup server for rsync
  • Other uses for other people


Just because you can't cope with the thought others have imagination and enjoy these things, doesn't mean people should stop because of your opinion!

Re:Er... why? (2, Interesting)

bass_ackwards (804625) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175268)

As soon as they can get the Ethernet working I can have the low cost, small form factor webserver I have been looking for.

Thats why. Also, throw in a bigger hard drive and you have a great backup server or file server.

Just don't try hosting any slashdot stories. Even a cluster [slashdot.org] of these things couldn't handle that.

Re:Er... why? (-1, Flamebait)

Chaos Engine (54555) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175302)

Gee, what a BSD zealot. They've had full linux distros available for the seXBOX for years.

Re:Er... why? (1)

BuddyJesus (835123) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175589)

What's wrong with porting BSD over to the Xbox? As far as I know there's only 1 distro of Linux available for the XBox and Microsoft has tried to repeatedly quash it. So what's wrong with another OS on the Xbox?

Microsft now know that.. (2, Insightful)

speights_pride! (898232) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175098)

..the original Xbox is dead. They better release the next one quickly!

Yes, release Xbox 360 quickly... (1)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175129)

...and then we can get straight to work on hacking that little beauty, too :-)

Re:Yes, release Xbox 360 quickly... (2, Insightful)

makomk (752139) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175537)

I don't expect the Xbox 360 will be as easy to hack as the Xbox. The Xbox was a bit of a rush-job (Microsoft were a latecomer to the party as it was) and it shows - unused buses still brought out to pads (probably for testing purposes), etc...

Re:Yes, release Xbox 360 quickly... (1)

FauxPasIII (75900) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175695)

-nod- The fact that the first generation had 4 times the flash memory they needed, complete with
exposed pads to boot into any of the 4 quadrants of the chip, has always amused me. It's like they
were asking for it.

Yay! (-1, Redundant)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175099)

What exactly is this good for if you don't have a network connection?

I mean, yay, we did it, super, but....what now?

Simple (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175213)

Because things don't just fall together 100% working. It wouldn't make much sense to port the Ethernet driver before you got the basic functionality working, right?

The Ethernet driver will come in time, I'm sure. If you're desperate, get some sort of USB solution until then - USB is reported to work just fine.

Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (4, Interesting)

ReformedExCon (897248) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175101)

It's simply amazing the amount of progress two dedicated youths can make in such a short time.

One thing I used to have a lot of time to think about was how much time I was wasting, having forced myself into a very uncomfortable place. It's quite heartening to see these kids doing great work, even if it is just for themselves as a hobby (even moreso, in my opinion).

I'm not sure that the thing is useful, but it's definitely a cool hack.

Is anyone offering them a job yet?

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175140)

(Score:-1, Condescension)

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175238)

You modded him down because he has water droplets forming on his windows?

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175566)

He said Condescension [m-w.com] , not Condensation [m-w.com] .

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175205)

Is anyone offering them a job yet?

Microsoft?

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175287)

"The port is fully functional....Only ethernet is missing, currently."

Sounds like they'd be great in the marketing department.

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (4, Funny)

Marc2k (221814) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175335)

having forced myself into a very uncomfortable place. ..like the back of a Volkswagen?

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (2, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175360)

..like the back of a Volkswagen?

Stare at this reply long enough, and you'll see a sailboat.

-Eric

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175621)

It's been 5 mins of staring. I see no sailboat.

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175770)

It's a schooner.

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175498)

Yeah right, young people without a degree or 'real' experience in the corp world. Their resumes get throw in the trash instantly. I was like these guys at that age (helped with the linux on mac port) and I'm just now getting to a point in my profesional life where I was when I was a teen at home.

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (1, Interesting)

tsume (903026) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175709)

I can't wait to finish all my programming projects and port them from *BSD to Linux after their initial release. I've been on computers since I was the age of 2 starting with a C64, and I've learn much more than just computers. I've learned to deal with the likes of you and your other buddies who feel like you have to try dragging down people who are more fortunate and have accomplished much more than you. I'm only 20 and have my own company. I'm pulling in 10k a month by myself programming and consulting. Get a grip. I don't have a degree, and I program much better than most people out there. I think you need to understand you don't need a degree when you spend time reading books and studying hard in school. I'm the type of kid you probably picked on in primary and secondary school. My turn to be the boss. Even making me more happy is I'm going to go through college without any type of financial aid, and I'm doing it all by myself. You're just some looser kid who became an adult and try to knock people down while you go to your grave. Get a life, thanks. Now I'm off to go find some decent kids on IRC to hire out on some of my projects for Opensource. Maybe you'll hear about some works here and there in the future.

My best wishes to the fellows who made the Xbox patchset for FreeBSD. I hope you prosper in life, you are the seeds of the future. Please continue with your development, as your efforts are appreciated. What most people don't realise is productivity is more worthwhile than arguing over which OS is better. Godspeed.

Thanks,
Fellow doing well without degree

Re:Two guys, ages 19 and 21 (0)

hahiss (696716) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175779)

Not so amazing, given the advantages of young people over old people*:

1. Can stay awake for days on end without any noticeable impact on their consciousness.

2. Are able to get sustainence from a steady diet of caffeinated beverages (and mints and soaps, etc.) and delivered pizza (fresh or left out overnight).

3. Are capable of boundless enthusiasm for their projects.

Young people rock. Well, at least some of them do.

*N.B.: I am an old person.

No internet??? (-1, Redundant)

jmcmunn (307798) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175109)


"Only ethernet is missing, currently"

Wow, isn't this what we all need? I mean with no ethernet, you get no webserver, so web browser, no FTP...this would be a disfunctional computer if you ask me. Everything I use a computer for these days requires a speedy connection to the web.

Once that is working though, this will be a pretty sweet install from the sounds.

Re:No internet??? (1)

gatkinso (15975) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175119)

Well, you would have a very very fast 1991 vintage PC.

Re:No internet??? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175137)

nowonder they say bsd is dying . it kills verything it touches

Re:No internet??? (0, Offtopic)

elasticwings (758452) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175199)

Mmm, maybe you could get Space Quest running on it and replace your aging Tandy?

Now wait just a minute! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175133)

Has Netcraft confirmed any of this yet?

Daemon/Devil?? (0)

Khyber (864651) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175146)

A couple of kids got the Daemon running on the Devil's hardware???

Smartass comments aside, I'm actually curious on the bechmarks for this latest computer OS on a console system. The specs on the XBox basically make it a mid-range Pentium 3 box. With the heager 64 megs of onboard RAM, though, that might be a bottleneck.

Ideas/thoughts?

There can no longer be any doubt (-1, Troll)

ectoraige (123390) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175170)

BSDNews confirms it, the Xbox is dying...

Well somebody was going to say it, may as well be me.

Wait a few months (1)

Iriel (810009) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175214)

And they'll already start working on Linux for the Xbox 360, though. Take your pick ;)

In seriousness though, I applaud the effort. Maybe with this knowledge of what had to be changed and a quick port of Linux to the 360, maybe FreeBSD can be ported to the 360 with a much quicker turnaround.

Re:Wait a few months (1)

thryllkill (52874) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175526)

I doubt any leasons learned in porting either Linux or FreeBSD to the XBox will help with the XBox 360. The 360 has a significantly different architecture than the original.

In other news... (0, Flamebait)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175217)

BSD ported to new Asus motherboard chipset.

I really fail to see how this is news, they ported BSD to what amounts to a hacked up x86 pc. While it's certainly an accomplishment for a couple of young guys to get framebuffer drivers and whatnot working, I don't really consider this news, as the xbox is so close to a PC.

Re:In other news... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175286)

It's troll posts like this that make Slashdot great.

Of course this is news. Do you think you can just fire BSD into your xbox and everything will run fine and dandy?

Maybe you should read the xbox linux contest rules:
Project A [xbox-linux.org]
Project B [xbox-linux.org]

This, by the way, was a *contest* to get linux running on xbox, the prize for which was a total of $200K donated by Michael Robertson of Linspire fame.

Strange that he should offer so much for running Linux on "what amounts to a hacked up x86 pc"...

Give credit where credit's due, please. This is super work.

Re:In other news... (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175317)

The prizes are mostly to get things BOOTING once you get past that ... it's just another PC.

I doubt these kids invented a new boot procedure. If anything they'll do what everyone else does and use a game exploit or a modchip.

Whoopy.

Of course when I was 16-17 I was writing 8051 software [this is ca. 1998] on a 80C32 eval board I borrowed from a friend. It had no OS, 8KB of ram and a 12Mhz processor. Nobody gave me a slashdotting for that ...

The xbox has a 700Mhz processor, 64MiB of ram [which despite all other claims is a lot for just getting an OS to boot], two IDE channels, video, ethernet, etc...

It's a PC.

I've been booting Linux on my PC for several years now. Big deal.

Tom

Re:In other news... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175414)

I've been booting Linux on my PC for several years now. Big deal.

Me too - and I don't expect a slashdotting every time i boot it.

My objection was to the parent's tone and lack of respect / support for this accomplishment (and I feel it is an accomplishment).

Re:In other news... (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175445)

It's neat but nothing spectacular. This "oh look at what a 19 yr old kid can do!".

You know what I did when I was 19? Started writing LibTomCrypt. Admitedly it sucked then but now it's a hell of a lot better and used throughout the industry. You can literally buy things in electronic stores that use my software.

And I've never been paid a dime to distribute LibTomCrypt. Though I've gotten other things which is why I don't complain [e.g. free books, tshirts, occasional donation, stipend to conference, etc].

Point is it's neat what they did, certainly more constructive then sitting around doing nothing. I'm glad they're doing it...

Tom

Re:In other news... (1)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175970)

I gave credit for writing device drivers for the framebuffers and whatnot, so don't act like I didn't give any credit. I simply said it wasn't newsworthy. Writing device drivers is far from easy, and well beyond my sphere of knowledge, but we don't post every time BSD supports a new motherboard, which is essentially what this is. These kids are to be congratulated for a superb job, no doubt, but that doesn't make it news.

Hacking the xbox WAS news, the first time it was done. Now, it's old hat. It doesn't make the technical accomplishment any less, but it's still not news.

Re:In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175997)

Hacking the xbox WAS news, the first time it was done.

Touché.

Re:In other news... (1)

dknj (441802) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175478)

Are we forgetting the tons of slashdot posts when Linux was made to run on the xbox? Or when Linspire was ready to pay someone a hefty prize for getting Linux to boot on an xbox without a modchip? I think this is news for nerds. If you don't like it, don't waste your time reading it.

XBox pwn3d (5, Funny)

spaztech (899194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175254)


All obvious jokes aside, this is an awesome job by these young up-and-comers. Porting FreeBSD to a Microsoft gaming console, what a task.

1: Load FreeBSD on XBox
2: Install nMap, Nessus & Metasploit, hack CitiBank
3: ??
4: Profit!!

When the F.B.I. shows up just play dumb and say, "I don't have a computer."

Re:XBox pwn3d (3, Funny)

rbarreira (836272) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175366)

It's "???", not "??".

Re:XBox pwn3d (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175567)

They usually take your gaming boxes and tivo.
And never returne it, even if you are proven innocent.

This is all wonderful but... (1)

Devir (671031) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175256)

only if they'd invest the energy used porting to 300 obscure pieces of hardware and work on functionality and features instead.

my head asplode (2, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175271)

A secure Microsoft machine? Now I've seen it all...

More games. . . (2, Funny)

ducttapekz (879839) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175277)

If they could make it run windows then it could rum games. An XBox with a wide game selection. . . That would be nice.

Re:More games. . . (1)

mancontr (775899) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175336)

Yeah, it's so easy to port anything without the source code...

Netcraft confirms (0, Redundant)

krell (896769) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175280)

Netcraft now confirms. The X-Box is dying.

Back To The Future... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175293)

Has anyone tried to a mod an XBox to play Atari 2600 games? Now that would be retro. :)

Re:Back To The Future... (4, Informative)

aderusha (32235) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175356)

You can get info on emulators for the 2600 and about 30 other retro systems on the xbox here [xbox-scene.com] .

Re:Back To The Future... (1)

aNonniMouse (901548) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175455)

Aaaactually, there's a whole load of emulators for running on an Xbox, including Atari, NES, SNES, Commodore 64, Game Gear, PSX, DOS, etc., etc... http://xbox-emulation.dcemu.co.uk/ [dcemu.co.uk]

So, how long until.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175300)

...they get OS X working on the Xbox?

But will it.. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175354)

That's great in all but will it save you a bunch of money on car insurance?

Only!? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175357)

"Only ethernet is missing"

For sale '94 Pontiac Grand Prix 150,000 miles. No engine.

Just imagine... (0, Offtopic)

ballstothat (893605) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175431)

A beowulf cluster of Xboxes, calculating the physics of Breast Jiggle(TM) featured in Dead Or Alive!

YuQo fai7 it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175666)

be7ween each BSD [goat.cx]

In related news... (5, Funny)

NotFamous (827147) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175690)

I have ported NetBSD to run on my toaster. I have full support for quad-processing (requires four slots), hyper-breading and hot swapping. Unfortunately, fork() is not currently implemented...

Re:In related news... (2, Funny)

databyss (586137) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175875)

fork() was originally implemented but it would randomly kill -9 the parent process.

I installed this on my XBox.... (0)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175700)

...and it started malfunctioning shortly afterwards; even when I wasn't running FreeBSD on it.

Then I realised the sad truth; my *Box was dying.... Netcraft confirmed it.

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week...

(Sorry, but I had to get that one in, and yeah, I really have just finished installing FreeBSD, albeit on my PC, so I can make jokes about it now (^_^)....anyway, what *is* that with all the CD changing... would I "like" to change the CD now?? Are you saying I *have* to change the CD, or that you can install the stuff on the other CD later.... no, I would *not* like to change the CDs round 347 times.... aaaawwwrgh!)

Aww Right! (0)

blueZhift (652272) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175777)

Cool, now my Xbox has a bright future once I get tired of playing games on it! Nice work, I'm sure the ethernet problem will be solved eventually.

fully functional (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13175790)

The port is fully functional. ... Only ethernet is missing, currently.


Yeah... fully functional.

Funny... (1)

jimbonics (885295) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175890)

I had FreeBSD on my Dreamcast and the one thing it lacked was ethernet support for the broadband adapter.

And if you have an xbox that isnt modded...

MOD THAT SHIAT! If only for Xbox Media Center alone...

How goods the video support? (1)

zzqzzq_zzq (883263) | more than 9 years ago | (#13175913)

Just out of idle curiosity, is the video support any better than Linux? (Or expected to be?)

Linux is unusable on my Modded 1.6 w/ Component video cable. (the 1.6's pretty much only support the composite video cable. :-( )

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