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Berkman Information

"If you believe that America is entering the war 'to make democracy safe,' then be a man and volunteer. But if you know anything at all, then you should know that the cry of democracy is a lie and a snare for the unthinking. You should know that a republic is not synonymous with democracy, and that America has never been a real democracy, but that it is the vilest plutocracy on the face of the globe.

If you can see, hear, feel, and think, you should know that King Dollar rules the United States, and that the workers are robbed and exploited in this country to the heart's content of the masters.

If you are not deaf, dumb, and blind, then you know that the American bourgeois democracy and capitalistic civilization are the worst enemies of labor and progress, and that instead of protecting them, you should help to fight to destroy them."
  • Alexander Berkman (1870-1936), from "To the Youth of America"


  • 2008-01-22: Berkman moved out of the Colocation. Calyx was bought by apcare on year ago. Apcare will not longer provide free hosting.


This box has been left unadministered for a while. For a number of reason, including security and reliability, it sucks to log into a box that runs a FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE in 2004. This system is not supported anymore by the FreeBSD team. Also, no sources for userland were found in /usr/src/, which probably means that this box hasn't even been patched for the last 2 years.

As of Feb 2004, Berkman has been upgraded to 4.9-RELEASE. While it is still unclear who will admin the box, plan is to follow good admin practices, like:

  • build a jail to run services such as icecast, httpd, etc.;
  • figure out a way to rotate log file. It would be nice not to have 350,000 MB log files in /var/log/;
  • document changes.

Contact / Admins

  • imc-audio at for new streaming accounts, help with streaming, work on the website /
  • imc-sysadmin at for the berkman admins
  • Admins are: [...Please add yourself here ...] OccAm, JiBe, MarkB

Network and environmental stats

Traffic Analysis is here:

Load average is here:




  • there's some sort of system journals that have been started in /README, /home/JAILS/READMEs/* to document what goes on in this box. Also there's a FreeBSDJailTips pages.


  • For high-bandwidth uses such as audio and video streaming
  • Serve multimedia on request or on 24/7 live feeds
  • Mirror heavily accessed content from Monty
  • Provide a patent-free alternative (vs Real stream servers)


  • Hosting offered by Calyx, we must provide server to colocate
  • Will not need much CPU or RAM, but a fair amount of HD space
  • Expensive to repair/replace parts, should be reliable hardware
  • Prehaps have cold-spare/mirror in place in case of hardware failure
  • Where to raise hardware and shipping costs from?
  • Goal: June 2003

A server has been donated and being installed at Calyx. It's future purpose still needs to be discussed, however, it will serve as a icecast stream server and video dropbox for a potential massive worldwide anti-war movement if the US/UK go to war with Iraq.


It's a Compaq Proliant DL380 with:
  • 2 x 1 GHz (circa) CPU
  • 6 x 72,8 GB Ultra3 SCSI harddisks (plus 1 extra)
  • 1280 MB RAM
  • DVD-ROM dirve
  • Floppy-Disk drive
  • 2 x Ethernet connection
  • 2 x USB connection
  • Monitor connection
  • Keyboard and Mouse connections


some stuff from dmesg

  • CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) III CPU family 1133MHz (1125.77-MHz 686-class CPU)
  • real memory = 1342160896 (1310704K bytes), avail memory = 1299476480 (1269020K bytes)
  • ciss0: Compaq Smart Array 5i
  • fxp0: Intel 82559 Pro/100 Ethernet
  • inphy0: i82555 10/100 media interface> on miibus0
  • inphy0: 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
  • fxp1: Intel 82559 Pro/100 Ethernet
  • inphy1: i82555 10/100 media interface> on miibus1
  • inphy1: 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
  • em0: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection, Version - 2.1.7
  • pci0: ATI Mach64-GR graphics accelerator
  • ciss1: Compaq Smart Array 5300
  • acd0: DVD-ROM Compaq DVD-ROM DV28EB 01
  • da0 at ciss0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
  • da0: COMPAQ RAID 5 VOLUME OK Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device
  • da0: 135.168MB/s transfers
  • da0: 347295MB (711261810 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 44274C)


(Micah headed into Calyx and took these photos) old

Hardware Quotes (old)

Cost Piece
$ 150 2u Rack Case
$ 55 Athlon 1800+
$ 50 Motherboard
$ 25 256m PC2700 DDR DIMM
$ 165 160gig WD ATA133 7200rpm
$ 30 12x/40x DVD/CD Drive
$ 475 Total.
-- ArcNLN - 27 Feb 2003

Please quote out your own system with what you feel we need, keeping in mind we're on a low budget and even $500 is a tad pricey. Also, remember to sign it as I did above.

-- MarkB - 10 Feb 2004 -- added meeting log
-- MicahA - 05 Feb 2004 -- added pictures
-- JiBe - 02 Feb 2004 -- documenting a bit after upgrade to 4.9
-- MatRiseup - 17 Jun 2004 -- added links to stats and mrtg
Topic revision: r14 - 23 Jan 2008, OccAm
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