Re: Custom distribution for LinkStations?
> Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 17:38:07 -0000Not true. I am currently running Debian but with the
> From: "balimbabullabe" <balimbabullabe@...>
> Subject: Re: Custom distribution for LinkStations?
> But it's very easy to turn your Linkstation useless
> because changing to a different distribution nearly
> almost means to change the flash.
original kernel. Doing so with Gentoo works except
that Gentoo expects that "devfs" is compileded in the
kernel. For a test before I did it (but after I was
running the whole thing in a "chroot"ed environment) I
took a surplus hard drive and unarchived the whole
thing on it and put it in the LS to make sure it
worked before I did it to the original hard drive. If
something goes wrong, you should be able to just run
the software updater and put everything back.
> And if you mess this one up it's not so easy toThis is a scary thing about the LS. One should be
> boot the Linkstation again and restore
> it to it's prior state because there's not
> "recovery console" or booting from stick, cd or
> even floppy.
careful about what they do in any case.
> But if you can live with a 2.4.17 kernel it shouldThe kernel isn't really the problem except that this
> be possible to compile any program for the
> Linkstation you can get your hands on.
one has very limited hardware support and other
features and has a few security issues too. The LS OS
is a bit old and everything on it is compiled with an
older compiler and shared library set. Some software
will require new stuff which will be incompatible with
the old stuff. It's like running WinXP programs on
Win9x: some stuff works, some doesn't.
> --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com,Here are some: (Vine, Gentoo, & Debian) if you don't
> "rossburton42" <ross@b...>
> > Has anyone been brave enough to boot a
> > LinkStation with a freshly installed
> > distribution? Being PPC based, a stripped Debian
> > or OpenedEmbedded should work fine.
mind dealing with the Japanese language website (the
distros themselves are English):
As noted above, these only work on the PPC based
units. I am running the debian one which I simply did
the "apt-get --dist-upgrade" to "sid" and easily then
added a bunch of cool stuff to it (see pictures in the
pictures section of this group). Basically I just
took the hard drive out of the LS, put it in a Linux
workstation (a bootable live CD like Knoppix will do
fine), and unarchived the debian distro on to the a
wiped-clean first partition and put the drive back in
the LS and booted it up.
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