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Re: LinkStation or NSLU2 ?

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  • downlalaway
    My tuppenceworth... I did have a look at the NSLU2 and got excited because it was pretty well hacked into a flexible system. Then saw the linkstation and it
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 17, 2005
      My tuppenceworth...
      I did have a look at the NSLU2 and got excited because it was pretty
      well hacked into a flexible system. Then saw the linkstation and it
      was closer to what I'd wanted - of course, immediately wanted it to do
      Now I use it as a nas, personal webserver, mailserver, I can securely
      remote vnc into it via ssh and then vnc out to look at any other local
      PC. It stores video camera output then automatically processes it to
      mpeg4 or divx with mplayer/mencoder. It also monitors my LAN and plots
      graphs of the weather. If I'm working out and forget any file that's
      on it I can usually get it somehow.
      Sorry haven't used it to stream dvds or music -it might be a little
      slow for dvds? It would probably have a better chance than an NSLU2
      though due to larger processor.

      This is all on a hacked debian box but most people apparently do what
      they need on the basic LS with minor hacked mods.
      Find it great as one part for moving easily e.g. disaster recovery if
      someone takes your PC if away for a while. A NSLU2 and a HD with plugs
      etc - not so easy to carry.
      My fan's very quiet but the shelf it sits on buzzes gently.

      --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, "wedgemusic"
      <wedgemusic@y...> wrote:
      > The LinkStation and the NSLU2 each have their advantages. For the
      > LinkStation:
      > 1.) More powerful CPU, more RAM, and a faster NIC if you choose the HG
      > model.
      > 2.) Internal hard drive cuts down on clutter and doesn't use up a USB
      > port.
      > 3.) Filesystem resides on the hard drive rather than in flash memory.
      > The NSLU2 has workarounds for the flash memory storage limitation, but
      > the LinkStation system is better by default.
      > 4.) Decent web interface makes administration easy for novice users.
      > NSLU2:
      > 1.) Lower cost. An NSLU2 can be purchased for about $80 without a hard
      > drive.
      > 2.) No fan so it's completely silent.
      > 3.) More mature and developed hacking community. The LinkStation
      > community is starting to organize over at the LinkStationWiki
      > (http://linkstationwiki.org) but we are still far behind the NSLU2
      > Linux community.
      > The LinkStation can do everything the NSLU2 can but better and at a
      > somewhat higher cost. However, hacking the NSLU2 currently is somewhat
      > easier because of the more mature hacking community. We're still
      > breaking new ground on LinkStation hacking so you need to be a bit
      > adventerous.
      > --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, "stephen_bainbridge"
      > <s_bainbridge@b...> wrote:
      > > Hi,
      > >
      > > I'm thinking of getting a NAS and the LinkStation or the Linksys NSLU2
      > > seem to be the front runners and I would like to get your thoughts on
      > > which platform to choose.
      > >
      > > Initially I intend to use it a NAS holding data from several PCs,
      > > collectons of photos and my CD collection. Further down the line I may
      > > use it to stream music to an external player and maybe later store
      > > DVDs and stream them as well.
      > >
      > > I assume the LinkStation can comfortable stream music, but what about
      > > DVDs in say DIVX format ? Are there any restrictions ?
      > >
      > > As it will always be on, secure remote access via the internet would
      > > also be needed.
      > >
      > > Any thoughts on relative merits of each machine and their development
      > > would be appreciated (I know you won't be biased :) )
      > >
      > > Thanks,
      > > Steve
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