OpenBSD 5.8 on an HP 6560b laptop
The HP 6560b is a laptop running an i5 processor with 4Gb RAM.
It is heavy and not very pretty. It has a big 15.6" screen with a not so big resolution - 1366x768 (WXGA Wide).
The laptop has the sex appeal of a brick wall, However, it has a very sturdy housing and the specs are great - besides the screen that is. Because I am a great fan of text mode applications this screen is something I can easely live with, so I am happy with it.
I got it from an acquitance, for which I am very thankfull. It was already some years old and had become obsolete. For me it is a great piece of hardware which probable will be able to run Debian or OpenBSD for many years to come.
As I am using OpenBSD more and more I decided to replace FreeBSD on this laptop with OpenBSD. As OpenBSD 5.8 is the current release of OpenBSD I installed this version.
Install from very tiny USB image
I downloaded the file miniroot58.fs from the Amd64 tree and dd-ed this image to an old 128 Mb USB-drive.
This is truly a very tiny image, about 3.5 Mb small.
Get the appropriate files
I downloaded the following files to a local webserver.
Install from USB
After booting the 3.5 Mb image from the USB pen the installation can start.
This OpenBSD install sits alongside a Debian install on this laptop, with Grub2 to boot either one of the operating systems.
Before the start of the installation, I used fdisk in Debian to set the appropriate type on the partition that I had reserved for OpenBSD.
Everything works out of the box
I just followed the defaults during the installation process.
After the installation was finished I rebooted and started using the system.
Without any additional package installation, just a simple "startx" was enough to get X running. Default OpenBSD comes with the FVWM window manager, which is fine by me.
Probabley I will install the ratpoison window manager later, but for now this is OK.
The wireless network interface works out of the box. I just had to add an hostname.iwn0 file to the /etc directory.
nwid <ssid name> wpakey <my key> dhcp
In order to get some work done, I added Firefox, gv and mupdf.
For this, I used binary packages, nothing to compile.
As root, I added the following line to .profile:
export PKG_PATH=http://ftp.eu.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/`uname -r`/packages/`uname -m`/
Afther this, pkg_add firefox will do the trick.
When playing some songs from youtube through Firefox the music comes out of the speakers. A bit more volume would be nice, but I am sure this can be solved.
So after less then an hour I am quite happy with my OpenBSD laptop. In the coming weeks I will find out what else I need to install.