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Date:      Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:35:37 -0600
From:      iamatt <iamatt@gmail.com>
To:        Mark Felder <feld@freebsd.org>
Cc:        FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: mac mini
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Production servers on Mac minis?  What kind of Mickey Mouse place would use
those for real servers?!
On Nov 24, 2013 9:57 AM, "Mark Felder" <feld@freebsd.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 23, 2013, at 12:22, George Hartzell wrote:
> > Doug Hardie writes:
> >  >
> >  > On 20 November 2013, at 10:09, Friedrich Locke <
> friedrich.locke@gmail.com> wrote:
> >  >
> >  > > Does anyone here run Open/FreeBSD on mac mini ?
> >  > >
> >  > > Does the OS fully supports macmini hadrwared ?
> >  >
> >  > I have a couple production servers using Minis running FreeBSD 9.1
> >  > and 9.2.  Check the archives as I posted the procedures I used to
> >  > install.  Some current Minis require a bit of horsing around to get
> >  > networking to work.  I have never used a windowing system on them.
> >  > I only use a dumb terminal for initial setup and then SSH in after
> >  > that.
> >
> > I've been running FreeBSD on a 2008 Intel 8-core Mac Pro (the tower)
> > for years, just bumped it up to the current 10-BETA3 (now that Andriy
> > solved the ZFS/mmap bug I was fighting and I can trust my flac tagging
> > pipeline again).
> >
> > Works great.  I'm running the gnome desktop using the nvidia binary
> > distribution to drive a 30" Dell monitor.
> >
> > Root on Zfs, two disk mirror.  Swapping directly onto partitions, no
> > mirror or ZFS involved.
> >
> > I'm still depending on the BIOS emulation to boot and it only gets
> > triggered if you use MBR formatted disks, not GPT.  That confused the
> > daylights out of me for a bit.  I'm not sure if the EFI (?) boot stuff
> > works or not.
> >
> > One time out of 4 it hangs early in the kernel starting up.  Never
> > cared enough to get help tracking it down.
> >
>
> I know someone with the same model of Mac Pro but he's been in the
> process of moving. I'll see if I can convince him to install FreeBSD on
> a drive and reproduce that hang.
>
> When was the last time you ran OSX on it? There might be a
> BIOS/firmware/EFI update waiting.
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