Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Building a Box on a Budget with the AMD Ryzen 3, and driving it fast with F2FS

Date and Time

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Online at Jitsi


Brian DeLacey - CryptographicHistory gmail com


This meeting will cover the build of a new Linux system from components and review various uses including consolidating backups


In this two part meeting, we'll review the build list of components and overall budget for a new Linux-powered system with the AMD Ryzen 3. In the second part, we'll push this system to its byte-busting limits for powering a permanent archival system.

We'll begin with an overview of the build - covering the purchase of parts, continuing with assembly, and concluding with the installation of Ubuntu. Then we'll move to various considerations and options for the Terabyte Transportation Generation. We'll discuss managing backups, and showcase the capabilities of rclone and what you can do with affordable terabytes of storage.

We'll then look at different file systems and compare considerations for use in backups. We'll wrap it all up with a forensic review of the Flash-Friendly File System (F2FS) - discussing details of its design, data layout and aspects of encryption. We'll looking into the pros and cons of using F2FS as the underlying file system for a permanent archive of all your most valuable data. Finally, we'll discuss news reports of an SMR “scandal” and compare that technology to CMR.

Meeting Notes


  1. YouTube livestream

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