Re: Older linkstation
- --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, Joseph McLaughlin <jwm8351@...>
>Some people install other web interfaces like Webmin. I instead use individual Web
> What are the major benefits to installing a linux on the device.
> And If you can't control it via a web interface how do you modify the settings
interfaces like "Swat" with Samba (Windows filesharing suite), but mostly you can log
into a command line interface using telnet or ssh (better), or get real fancy and run a
remote desktop server like VNC that gives you a nice graphical remote desktop that
you can pull up anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection.
>.... Is there a limit to the number of programs that can be loaded?Yes and no. If you overfill the meager 64 Megs of memory too much the whole thing
will start slowing down. I usually have my LS doing all sorts of things at the same
time however. It's quite wonderful.
> No key board - no monitor?You know, I always wanted to try one of those USB video adapters on this thing.
Then just add a USB keyboard and mouse, oops I guess I'll need a USB hub while I'm
at it. I did get a USB to RS232 adapter running on it and was able to pull up a terminal
session through it but don't actually use it that way. It could be useful as a "safe
mode" if I mess up the OS too much for network connectivity someday.
> Also is there a size limit to the hard drive in the LS1 - (well as long as I might behacking it ...)
Don't know. I think people have put 500+ Gig drives in them without issues.
> Can it run a gui?Yes, I've even got some screen shots posted over in the photos section of this group
from a long time ago to give you an idea ("Debian on Linkstation" album). The GUI is
all run "remote desktop" mode using VNC, to other computers (both Linux &
Windows). It works very nicely!
> Can it run open office?I'm sure you would grow old waiting for it to start up! One of the newer, more
powerful LS's would be better. I run lighter office suite programs on it like Abiword
and Gnumeric, (Siag would probably be good too) but in practice don't use my LS for
this propose very much.
> Does this free up the usb front/back issue?A "real" Linux like Debian will set you free of all the quirks of that web based GUI/OS
shipped with the LS. Of course at a cost of a steep learning curve for those
unfamiliar with Linux or other POSIX based OS's
> You can then have a fat32 drive attached?Sure. In fact you can do NTFS too, but it will be tricky to get write access to it.
> Buy 750GB hd first?If you want. I would pay attention to power consumption (and therefore heat output)
of anything you might want to put internally into the LS.
In short "standard/real" Linux on a LS can be quite useful. This was the whole idea I
had when I bought mine years ago. I through away the factory OS withing first
month of owning it and installed Debian GNU/Linux on it and loved it ever since.