Re: [nslu2-general] Re: Which firmware to use?
- On 8/1/07, bascule_the_fule <sean@...> wrote:
>Sean - thanks for the advice. Debian it is then.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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  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  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.
> (sean from HantsLUG, or is it HantSLUG?)
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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