[rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100)
rdarlington at gmail.com
Sat May 3 23:52:32 CDT 2008
The HP servers have their Lights Out Management (or whatever HP calls
it). You can log in, reboot the machine, and watch the BIOS check and
all. It's really handy when you need to reboot a box from home.
On Sat, May 3, 2008 at 10:23 PM, Joshua Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net> wrote:
> On May 3, 2008, at 9:04 PM, Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> > What I really, really want is not serial BIOS where video is converted...
> I want a real serial BIOS, designed to be serial from the start.
> > That one change would be a profound improvement on PC systems.
> > I really find it hard to believe no one has done it. They can even keep
> the standard video BIOS and just create a CLI to control it as a front-end
> to talk to it and CMOS.
> Certainly people have done it, or come really close.
> I'm pretty certain that EFI can do it, except the Macs lack a real serial
> port (except for the Xserves?). Openfirmware can do it. The OLPCs are a PC
> with OF, but they also lack a serial port.
> However, there are also people who've hacked various boards to do some
> selection of boot linux directly from on motherboard flash, boot grub
> directly, boot openfirmware, and maybe some other options. I believe that
> currently the best supported platforms are Opterons and Vias.
> If you are actually interested in this, look up the coreboot project. One
> workstation I am happy to see on the supported list is the Sun Ultra40.
> Alas the 20 isn't on the list. The v20z is also on the list. And of course
> some Vias.
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