Raspberry Pi running FreeBSD

I received my Raspberry Pi, downloaded a torrent for FreeBSD Pi, and about 10 minutes later spent 1 hour zeroing, then backing up, then dumping the image onto a 8GB SD card. Spent another five minutes figuring out the power requirements (700mA over USB with a running ethernet connection, so an Apple iPhone USB power supply would do), powered it up, connected it to a network. Et voila!

root@fbsd-pi:~ # dmesg
Copyright (c) 1992-2013 The FreeBSD Project.
Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
FreeBSD 10.0-CURRENT #0 r245446M: Tue Jan 15 12:53:26 SGT 2013
root@fbsd10:/usr/obj/arm.armv6/usr/src/sys/BSD-PI arm
CPU: ARM1176JZ-S rev 7 (ARM11J core)
Supported features: ARM_ISA THUMB2 JAZELLE ARMv4 Security_Ext
WB enabled LABT branch prediction enabled
16KB/32B 4-way instruction cache
16KB/32B 4-way write-back-locking-C data cache
real memory  = 536870912 (512 MB)
avail memory = 451756032 (430 MB)
...

And this all based on open source hardware and software. Next step is to actually modify our NanoBSD environment to build images for this platform.

UPDATE: It looks like getting our stuff running on that platform is actually more work than expected, especially the cross compiling is going to be a challenge. So, back onto the Someday/Maybe pile…