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Old 07-10-2017, 08:51 AM   #1
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FreeBSD binary snapshot for Raspberry Pi 3 model B


I have a Raspberry Pi 3 model B that I would like to try FreeBSD with. Does FreeBSD support this model yet? If so, what is the real URL for the right image to try on it?

I've looked at the FreeBSD instructions and it's far from clear which binary snapshot would work, if any at this time. So I'm also looking for the canonical installation guide.

I've tried two FreeBSD 11.x images without success:

The first one does not register in any way when trying to boot. The green light on the RPi just blinks the 4 flashes indicating an error.

The second image does not go past the splash screen.

Edit: I've also tried the 12.x series:

The former does not go past the splash screen and the green light blinks in the 4-flash pattern.

The latter does not go past the splash screen either, but no light flashes.

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Old 07-10-2017, 09:50 AM   #2
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Disclaimer: No experience with these evaluation boards or ARM.

Those armv6 FreeBSD images look to be tailored to the RPi 1 "Model B" and RPi 2.

The feature matrix in your first link seems to suggest that RP i 3 support is incomplete. I don't know where NetBSD are with their port. OpenBSD's is still being worked on by some developers, (but I remember that Theo wasn't exactly enthusiastic about supporting it due to the very closed and complex nature of the system firmware).
 
Old 07-10-2017, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thanks. While normally I would use OpenBSD, there are some things specific to FreeBSD that I would like to try out on specifically this SBC. The matrix shows that FreeBSD hardware support is incomplete for the Raspberry Pi 3, but the things currently missing are nothing I would miss for the time being.
 
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Yes, there is limited support, but as I said the images you downloaded are for RPi 1 and 2.

RPi 3 seems to be covered here: https://wiki.freebsd.org/arm64/rpi3

Seems like arm64 for that one? (It's not very clear).
 
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Yes. I expect it would be arm64 for the Raspberry Pi 3. However, there seem to be no snapshots yet. The chrochet instructions don't mention the Pi 3. It looks like a spare FreeBSD machine is needed for that approach, thus causing a deadlock if it is the same architecture is needed. Any suggestions?
 
Old 07-10-2017, 12:18 PM   #6
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All out of ideas I'm afraid. It might be best to ask on the mailing lists or FreeBSD official forums. Better exposure.
 
Old 07-21-2017, 02:54 PM   #7
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It might help you guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYlvrr6cOpY

I have 4 or 5 rpi currently. The best is currently Devuan. I like the best since I have on it the large "debian" repositories.

Check here http://www.raspbsd.org/raspberrypi.html

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Old 07-22-2017, 03:33 AM   #8
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I have 4 or 5 rpi currently.
Thanks, but which installation FreeBSD image have you succeeded with? The ones I've found don't even boot.

I'd use Devuan instead, too, but the groundwork on this project is based on using FreeBSD on arm64. It's good though that FreeBSD is finally moving away from being more or less a x86-only operating system.
 
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Thanks, but which installation FreeBSD image have you succeeded with? The ones I've found don't even boot.

I'd use Devuan instead, too, but the groundwork on this project is based on using FreeBSD on arm64. It's good though that FreeBSD is finally moving away from being more or less a x86-only operating system.
No one do like me to boot Unix like system. I usually do not install anything, I purely use dd and populate to allow to boot.
Once it boot, then, I used the regular FreeBSD for ARM processors version. It is experimental.
1) nuke the SD card with zero, 2) dd to /dev/sdb, 3) fdisk, 4) populate, 5) enjoy.
 
Old 07-22-2017, 06:54 AM   #10
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Here is the relative portion of the dmesg of someone in the FreeBSD forums running a Raspberry Pi model B:

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FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT 0# r284814: Thu Jun 25 29:00:47 UTC 2015 root@releng2.nyi.freebsd.org:/usr/obj/arm.armv6/usr/src/sys/RPI-B  arm
Someone in another thread claims to have a Raspberry Pi 3 model B that works "fantastic" if you search the term Raspberry Pi 3 model B.

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Old 07-22-2017, 06:55 AM   #11
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might help you: http://www.raspbsd.org/raspberrypi.html
 
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Thanks. That site works. Or at least it works today. I've tried a few times in the past but today the image it provided finally worked.

It still has a few rough edges. pkg(8) does not work. It produces the error: 'Shared object "libarchive.so.6" not found, required by "pkg"' However, pkg-static(8) gets around that just fine.

So now I am over the first hump.
 
  


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