Quite some time ago, I received a AT91SAM9260-EK board from Atmel. I tried to turn it on at the time, and it looked dead. I put it on the shelf and got busy with other things: new jobs, a divorce, a new marriage, a son, and a new house.
Recently, I became interested in the Atmel SoCs again (Atmel's open source group recently gave me some hardware to evaluate some work). I took this board out of the closet and it seemed dead. But one night I had the serial port connected and noticed that the ROM recovery program printed something. I tried to download things with my old AT91RM9200 spi recovery program, but that didn't work. I tried running Atmel's SAM-BA on FreeBSD, but it couldn't communicate with the board. I tried using openocd with SAM-ICE. Sadly, the board was wired for ICE, not JTAG and the instructions for doing the conversion online didn't work. Finally, in an act of desperation I installed Ubuntu in as a Virtual Machine image. With that, it worked.
So now, I have new shiny to play with that should already be supported by FreeBSD so I can make sure that I'm not breaking any at91sam9 support with my recent changed.