New! MIT's Xv6 Operating System Now Available At MetalVPS Labs! (March 18, 2022)
Originally published at https://lowendspirit.com/discussion/3912/new-mits-xv6-teaching-operating-system-now-available-at-metalvps-labs/p1 on March 18, 2022
Republished here on July 12, 2022 because this might have been the source for @yoursunny's plagiarized /s additional disclaimer suggestions for @FlorinMarian
Thanks to @yoursunny for his wonderful sense of humor and kindness to everyone.
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Server: HP BL460c G6
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IP Addresses: IPv4/29, IPv6/64
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Bandwidth: 10 TB
Node OS: Slackware64-current! 🤩
VM OS: Whatever you want via KVM or LXC!
KVM: Bleeding edge Qemu is sometimes updated, recompiled, and reinstalled on Darkstar. It's been tested with the latest Debian daily sid "nocloud" images. Debian seems to work well with additional IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for each VPS. We still haven't yet figured out why NetBSD and OpenBSD start, but do not complete, booting. If you are a BSD freak and a Qemu ace, please do stop by and give your neighbors a clue.
LXC: Comes built-in on Slackware64-current, so LXC is expected to be available, but hasn't yet been tested on Darkstar. 😎
Darkstar was installed with a separate 100 GB /altroot primary partition. /altroot is great for Linux from Scratch, Slackware from Scratch, debootstrap, and more. Of course, just running something in a Slackware chroot environment is equally fine.
What You Get
sshto shell account or VNC to GUI (KDE, Xfce, more) on Darkstar. You probably can spin up a few KVM VPSes or LXC containers. We have extra IPv4s and IPv6s waiting for you. Plus you can run MIT's Xv6 Teaching Operating System. Please see "Current Project," below.
Reasonable access to all resources. No arbitrary limits. Reasonable access without arbitrary limits means, for example, that a single MetalVPSian could run more than one VPS, could use more than one IPv4 and IPv6, etc.
Currently there are four MetalVPSians including @Not_Oles. 🤩 As of this writing nobody is running any continuous services.
Try to install Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). Thanks to @yoursunny for suggesting this project.
Read a little more of Low-Level Programming by Igor Zhirkov.
Darkstar already has Qemu to run VPSes. Here's Darkstar compiling the RISC-V GNU toolchain also needed for Xv6:
And here's Xv6 ready to go:
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slackpkg updateis running.
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