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6630Re: [nslu2-general] Re: Which firmware to use?

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  • Adam Cripps
    Aug 2, 2007
      On 8/1/07, bascule_the_fule <sean@...> wrote:
      > --- In nslu2-general@yahoogroups.com, "Adam Cripps" <kabads@...> wrote:
      > Hi Adam,
      > >
      > > I'm new to my linksys nslu2 and wish to upgrade the firmware to use it
      > > for http (mod_python included), samba, cups (print sharing), some
      > > bittorrent use, possibly squid, ssh access. I may even possibly try
      > > and run some media sharing, such as gnump3d(?).
      > I am doing most of what you describe above.
      > >
      > > My question is, which firmware would be best for the above packages?
      > > My main desktop machine used to run Debian (before the wonderful
      > > Ubuntu came along) so I am used to .deb packaging and apt-get
      > > installations. However, does it have all the packages I need?
      > Yup, it's Debian!
      > >
      > > I've read this page [1] but am still not sure which one to go for.
      > > Debian looks the obvious choice, but I don't know enough about SlugOS
      > > to make an informed decision.
      > I can't really help you there in terms of which one will squeeze the
      > last drop of performance out of the hardware, etc., but I can say that
      > if you know Debian then you will be completely at home with the
      > installation and upkeep of your system. Package installations are
      > utterly predictable as you are installing from the latest stable
      > release, and all the tools you need for day-to-day maintenance are
      > there as you might expect.
      > I encountered one issue with an attempt to install Swiki Swiki;
      > essentially the pre-comiled Linux binary would not run, I guess on
      > account of the architectural differences between i386 and arm. A
      > shame, but I can't really blame that on Debian!
      > With regard to gnump3d, it seems to run okay as long as you can handle
      > the slight pause thatgoes with loading up a big collection. I
      > previously ran it on an Epia 5000 based system and the performance
      > drop is noticeable (500MHz to 266MHz - understandable I guess) but not
      > intolerable given that I was trying to reduce the amount of power I
      > was drawing.
      > If you do decide to go Debian the instructions here [2] worked
      > flawlessly for me with one exception that got my pulse up a beat or
      > two, but was eventually overcome without tears. Basically I got all
      > the way through the installation and one package complained to the
      > effect it could not install due to errors; I simply backtracked and
      > re-ran the software installation component and it installed without
      > issue the second time around.
      > BTF
      > (sean from HantsLUG, or is it HantSLUG?)

      Sean - thanks for the advice. Debian it is then.

      A fellow Hantlugger here eh? We do get around, don't we? Perhaps
      HantSLUG could be a sub-group of the parent group HantsLug? :-)

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