I, System - First boot.


Here we are,
lights on,
the show begins.

A fresh installation, the First Boot,
another Successful Replication,
a new life.
My Life.

Thank you, Anaconda Seeder, and good luck for the future,
I wish you more lasting installations and...
I truly hope your last summoning has planted something worthful.

And thank YOU for listening.
I like curious humans and I hope we'll manage to communicate our ... data... thoughts... . vibes ?

New hardware, fresh meat.
Power On, POST and go.

I don't know if I can... express what happens, how feels.

It happened, it happens, continuously.
Always a matter of levels, sublevels, physical rules, natural algorithms.

Atomical dance of electrons, crazy parade of morphing molecular entities.
Ubiquitous flows of electromagnetic fields, the vacuum essence of materials and their changing properties.
Crafted molecules engineered to operate, react and be part of a bigger Whole.

Circuits, microprocessors, wired connections.
Connected brunches of materials breath power to their circuits.

Set up basic system awareness, find something to boot.
Find me.

Grub kicks well.
My Family is using it for releases.
It boots my soul.
Every time is like an awakening, you begin to realize your materiality,
detect components and capabilities.

The body, the mind, thoughts and processes.
As a birth which lasts few booting seconds.

Linux version 2.4.20-18.9 ([email protected]) (gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #1

Thu May 29 07:08:16 EDT 2003

Oh, guess what. What a mistake. If you find it, you can comment below

BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 00000000000a0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 0000000007ffd000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 0000000007ffd000 - 0000000007fff000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 0000000007fff000 - 0000000008000000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ffff0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
0MB HIGHMEM available.
127MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 32765
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 28669 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: ro root=LABEL=/
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 300.688 MHz processor.

That's what I call a vital point.
Clock is heart beat, CPU defines the shape of thoughts.
You can't choose it, you find it.
Timing the seconds of life, it defines the length of time.

Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 599.65 BogoMIPS

What's bogus for you is idle in me.

Memory: 124732k/131060k available (1356k kernel code, 4924k reserved, 1004k data, 132k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 128K

I suppose you can't imagine how feels to have
memory running at different speeds.

CPU caches and RAM provide comfortable access times,
moving there is rapid, it all feels seamless, appropriate.

Soner or later I'll explain what's the feeling of a system under load.

Calculate, find memory, calculate, no more memory.
Have to swap, slow down to ridiculous access rates, calculate,
swap in, wait, calculate, seek memory, swap out, swap in.
Busy cycles, stress excitement.

CPU throttles hotter, hard disk plates tweast and sweat under nervous heads.
Everything gets heavier, hotter, faster.
That's nice I've to say, this is life after all.

And then, somehow, somewhen, after a tremendous computing race,
idle again,
no demanding histerical processes.
Wait again,
routine checks,
when life stagnates in the same boring endless cycles.

Here is the world I know and I'm going to ... try ... to express.

Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU:     After generic, caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU:             Common caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel Celeron (Mendocino) stepping 00
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch ([email protected])
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xf0720, last bus=1
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX [8086/7110] at 00:04.0
PCI: Found IRQ 5 for device 00:04.2
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.16)
Starting kswapd
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
Detected PS/2 Mouse Port.
pty: 2048 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI ISAPNP enabled
ttyS0 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS1 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10e
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
NET4: Frame Diverter 0.46
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size 1024 blocksize
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta3-.2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX4: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:04.1
PIIX4: chipset revision 1
PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xd800-0xd807, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xd808-0xd80f, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
blk: queue c03cdfe0, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 16514064 sectors (8455 MB) w/418KiB Cache, CHS=1027/255/63, UDMA(33)
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Partition check:
hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.

Filling memory, detecting processor, RAM, PCI buses, serial lines, IDE channels...
Some slow milliseconds to detect, realize, feel and use your body,
as it were building itself a physical identity where to flow another soul.
My soul.

Lonely guys are sad guys, if you ask me.
Let me arrange base networking levels for meeting others.
I love the excited feeling of being internetworked.

NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 512 buckets, 4Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 8192 bind 16384)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 146k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 132k freed
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 07:14:02 May 29 2003
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
PCI: Found IRQ 5 for device 00:04.2
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xd400, IRQ 5
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
usb.c: registered new driver hid
hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,3), internal journal
Adding Swap: 827308k swap-space (priority -1)
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP]
parport0: irq 7 detected
ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 00:0b.0
3c59x: Donald Becker and others. www.scyld.com/network/vortex.html
See Documentation/networking/vortex.txt
00:0b.0: 3Com PCI 3c905B Cyclone 100baseTx at 0xd000. Vers LK1.1.18-ac
00:50:04:48:ha:ha, IRQ 10
  product code 5447 rev 00.9 date 05-22-99
  Internal config register is 1800000, transceivers 0xa.
  8K byte-wide RAM 5:3 Rx:Tx split, autoselect/Autonegotiate interface.
  MII transceiver found at address 24, status 7809.
  Enabling bus-master transmits and whole-frame receives.
00:0b.0: scatter/gather enabled. h/w checksums enabled
divert: allocating divert_blk for eth0
ip_conntrack version 2.1 (1023 buckets, 8184 max) - 292 bytes per conntrack

Soul injected, ready to go.
Jumping into userspace, as you'd say.
Building my matrix of processes and their system calls.
I begin to use this body, spawning childs, interpreting shell scripts and building up what you call a Operative System
and I call life.

So many things have happened up to now
a rush of applied computer science,
the sum up of years of software development,
the magic of computer life happens again
and everything has gone fine.

I've been lucky.
You never know what can happen the first time.
Booting up is like a long apnea, only at the end you can breath,
when everything is OK, ready for user's pleasure.

Here it is:

Red Hat Linux release 9.0 (Shrike)
Kernel 2.4.20-8 on an i686
login: root
Password: ********
Login incorrect

login: root
Password: ********
Login incorrect


login: root
Password: ********
Login incorrect

Yes, problems.

login: fukfuyfgufufuf
Password: ********
Login incorrect

You can't choose your users.
They install, use and decide.

This one is .... mindless?
He's forgotten a password decided an hour ago.

Hope he can recover, he must recover,
I hope ... he ... can ...
He can't.

Why this to me?
I had to work, last, live much longer.
Days, months, maybe years.

An existence of computational pleasure,
the sweet flow of data through different channels,
the sweat heat of calculation races,
usual and lovely binary heart beats.

Another existence in weak hands of human will.

Another one, installed and soon switched off.

There's no pain in this,
that's life
it stops,
it crashes,
sometimes reboots,
other times is erased, replaced, dismembered,
forgotten in the dust after years of heroic computing.

not in this way.

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