NixOS on Xen PV... debootstrap styleRead More →
One of my work colleagues was commenting that they like the Xen PV model - where you have a fairly lightweight hypervisor that runs cooperating kernels (or, as Xen calls them, "domains"). They've been meaning to try out NixOS but couldn't figure out how to build a debootstrap-style root FS.
UEFI Boot for MochabinRead More →
MOCHAbin is a pretty capable ARM board - it has a quad core ARMv8 Cortex-A72 @ 1400MHz, 8GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard eMMC, not to mention a bunch of Ethernet connectivity (1x 10Gb SFP+ cage, 1x 1Gb SFP cage, a WAN RJ45 port with PoE in, and 4x LAN ports connected to an onboard switch chip).
The main downside for me, however, was the boot firmware. Out of the box, it ships with a pretty ancient build of U-Boot, which fails to properly support UEFI.
Secure Boot ShenanigansRead More →
I bought a Razer Blade Stealth recently as an ultrabook I can take to lectures and just generally use when I'm out and about as a companion to the Pixel C I'm already using. Generally just for those annoying edgecases where it's not quite enough to just have Android ;)