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DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

So put my where it belongs xD
Now the actual work can start 🧐 😆

Neofetch on the VisionFive 2 showing basic system information

DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

Since a friend of mine has access to a free of charge 3D printer, courtesy of the German tax payer (us), I got myself a nice case printed for the .
Have to add some active cooling on top which will make it look less cool, but otherwise it's running at around 58°C with just the passive cooler and over 65 when under load.

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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

Are you into provides a really good hardware support for the board including up-to-date packages and security updates in a long term view.

https://gyptazy.ch/misc/starfive-visionfive2-riscv64-board-perfect-ubuntu-support-review/

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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

Current state: 5x boards on in place for production usage:

- Primary Auth NS & NTP
- Secondary NS & NTP
- Webserver (
- ( server) & ( chat server)
- relay node


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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

You can find some newer packages for (which is used by the board) than the 2022 snapshot old ones for on https://gyptazy.ch. But you can also grab my whole QEMU image to build it yourself or just spawn up a with static (qemu-riscv64-static) by running:

mmdebstrap --architectures=riscv64 --aptopt='Acquire::Check-Valid-Until "false"' --include="debian-ports-archive-keyring" sid /srv/riscv64-chroot "deb [trusted=yes] https://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian-ports/20220616T194833Z unstable main"

cp /usr/bin/qemu-riscv64-static /srv/riscv64-chroot/usr/bin/

chroot /srv/riscv64-chroot/ qemu-riscv64-static /bin/bash


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Shawn Webb »
@lattera@bsd.network

Two new additions to the family.

Two StarFive VisionFive2 SBCs enclosed in their powder black cases, with one of the devices having a UART USB cable attached.

DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

The Firmware update on my worked really well actually. I didn't adjust the version strings though so the openSBI now shows the board and build date instead of 1.4 or w/e the latest but it's fine.
Now let's hope Amazon delivers the new SD cards and if they work I can finally continue to dabble around with other systems but the standard image 😅🙏🏻

DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

In case anyone was wondering I'm still working on my
Currently building a new firmware image and waiting for a new SD card since one of my issues apparently is that the second SD card I have here simply doesn't work with the device... or my laptop for that matter

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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

Tomorrow at work...
"Hey gyptazy, how was your weekend, what did you do?"

I recompiled (non snapshot) packages for . Currently, there're running 7 nodes with QEMU RISC-V images and one native board. Maybe I should simply switch to experimental but I guess in the current situation many new RISCV users will stay on the bookworm snapshot's which has been used as a default by for the board.


Compile of libssl3 for Debian Bookworm RISC-V hardware architecture
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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

@lattera@bsd.network @tara@hachyderm.io @stefano@bsd.cafe thank you both for mentioning me and keeping my posts in mind :)

So, when it comes to the VF2 board I tried to collect some information in general as well as VF2 specific ones. We also have a ( Matrix chat in the which you can find here:
:bsd.cafe

You can find more to regarding my initial ideas, reasons and information here: https://gyptazy.ch/misc/switching-from-arm64-to-open-riscv-hardware-architecture/

Some ( specific things like benchmarks, images (collection) or precompiled software like (Fediverse instance server), matrix-synapse (Matrix server), etc can be found here:
https://gyptazy.ch/misc/collection-of-images-and-information-for-risc64-board-visionfive2/

Keep in mind that not all OS images may work fully and may lack drivers. For my one for example you can just boot into memory. Debian runs quite well but still needs a custom kernel (do not upgrade the kernel unless you know what you’re doing). Even RISCV is tier 2 level in FreeBSD many things are missing. Pkg completely, ports is a mess. However, you may find QEMU RISCV images to cross-build stuff from your amd64 or ARM64 machine right here: https://gyptazy.ch/misc/freebsd-14-riscv64-build-box-image-for-qemu/

Here you can find a real life test where the board served for a day my whole website (based on and some other ones:
https://gyptazy.ch/snac/gyptazy/p/1706078460.746773

Btw, here’s a output:
https://gyptazy.ch/snac/gyptazy/p/1707391057.757603

Shawn Webb »
@lattera@bsd.network

on the :

Can anyone report success?

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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

You asked for it!

Here's the output on the board based on running . If you have any question, feel free to ask.


DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

Believe it or not I've managed to "break" my again.
I thought updating the firmware and uboot would be a great idea (yeh) which now made it impossible to boot the current images.
The provided Debian image still boots just fine so that's what I'm using now for the time being.
Advantage is I can now boot from nvme which wasn't possible before ^^'

DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

So I've reimaged my SD card and... managed to brick it again with a custom kernel update. HOWEVER I managed to fix it again by pointing to the right image file for the board... this is quite a learning experience xD

DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

So this went... Pretty smooth, thought the beginning would cause a heck of a lot more issues. Now onwards to the actual issues 😅🤣
(Please ignore the dirty USB-C cable 😵‍💫)

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DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

So that worked... better than I expected. ^^'
WIFI still doesn't work though which might be a driver thing? This one came with an external wifi card ^^'

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DesRoin »
@DesRoin@geekdom.social

Let's get this party started 🥹🤞🏻

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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

Hm, I’m thinking about switching completely my personal servers to based systems. Why?

Because I can! For real, it’s an awesome new platform, almost no one is using it for production (because of the limited support (especially currently from an OS perspective), knowledge and performance). However, I’m already running some boards in production, some tests I already shared with you (see also summary) and we saw that it’s easily running my workloads - so why not?

So when speaking about „why not“ my first issue is that it would force me to instead of . It would be the first time since 2008 running personal Linux server instead of BSD based ones. It’s not a knowledge problem, I heavily even contribute to a Debian based distribution as a developer, it’s more an aspect of philosophy.

If you’re interested in (especially the board), see also:

* Fediverse with snac: https://gyptazy.ch/snac/gyptazy/p/1706017043.921341
* Weberserver (testrun for a day): https://gyptazy.ch/snac/gyptazy/p/1706078460.746773
* More details: https://gyptazy.ch/misc/collection-of-images-and-information-for-risc64-board-visionfive2/
* Benchmarks: https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/4566123
* Docs: https://wiki.bsd.cafe/docs:riscv64
* Chat: We also have a chat for RISC related topics in the BSD cafe. Feel free to join us at: :bsd.cafe


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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

Some more insights behind the board running on architecture. Operating systems like , & other distros, and precompiled stuff...

https://gyptazy.ch/misc/collection-of-images-and-information-for-risc64-board-visionfive2/


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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

Alright, here we have my first new ( board running . I already prepared a image which will be flashed after work. It’s playtime - thanks to the

Board: with 8GB RAM

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gyptazy »
@gyptazy@gyptazy.ch

While lacking in available and functional operating systems, I’m already preparing a collection (like my collection) of flashable SD images of ( for the :