[time-nuts] Soekris without a GPS receiver.

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Fri Jan 2 08:54:26 EST 2015


I suspect that there are people on the Soekris list that could help you with an image for the box you have. Putting an OS image on it is not trivial, but it’s also not rocket science. It’s a bit easier with FreeBSD from the era that the box was new.


> On Jan 2, 2015, at 2:49 AM, David J Taylor <david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
> From: Chris Albertson
> I think if you re-install any normal OS out of the box it will have the
> standard NTP included.  Just get Ubuntu Linux then it will have ntpd
> already setup.
> Without PPS there is little point in having a GPS.  These questions are
> best asked in the NTP mailing list.  http://lists.ntp.org/listinfo
> =========================
> Chris, I completely agree with you.  Were it possible to install a "normal" OS easily, I would have done so, but the device only has a CF card slot, and there is no secondary boot device, so you end up trying to install the OS on the memory stick image you have booted from, and this does not seem to work. In any case, nanoBSD is specially designed to minimise writes to the CF card, as it lives in RAM and not on disk.  This is done as the number of writes to a CF card is limited, and hammering it with all the normal OS writes might result in a rather short lifetime.
> Agreed on the GPS as well - it's the PPS which is required for precise time measurement.
> David
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