State of the NSLU2-Linux project, Christmas 2007
- Christmas time is a good time to reflect on where our NSLU2-Linux
project is today, and where it's going in the coming year (at least from
my point of view as project lead).
Since we created www.slug-firmware.net, there have been over 100000
firmware downloads. Our wiki at www.nslu2-linux.org has grown to over
1300 pages, and in just the last three months alone, the community has
generated over 4.7 million wiki page requests and requested almost 4.5
million package downloads from our feeds (which contain over 33GB of
publicly accessible package files).
Unslung is the distribution targeted to those who wish to continue using
the vendor firmware, but add the ability to install Optware packages.
Unslung remains stable at version 6.8, with over 50 thousand
downloads so far (up from 22 thousand last year). We don't expect
Linksys to release any new firmware for the NSLU2, and therefore we
don't expect any new features or changes in Unslung, except via the
installation of Optware packages.
The Optware set of packages has seen the addition of even more new
targets this year - we can build packages for 25 different
configurations (cs04q3armel, cs05q3armel, cs06q3armel, cs07q3armel,
ddwrt, ds101g, ds101j, ds101, dt2, fsg3, fsg3v4, gumstix1151, mssii,
mss, nas100d, nslu2, oleg, openwrt-brcm24, openwrt-ixp4xx, slugosbe,
slugosle, ts101, ts72xx, uclibc, wl500g), and the set of packages
continues to grow and grow (it's now just over 1000 packages strong).
A big thanks to Brian Zhou for continuing to execute the job of
maintaining our Optware package feeds so well. Optware is certainly the
most active, and the most downloaded part of the NSLU2-Linux project.
SlugOS is the distribution based on OpenEmbedded, which completely
replaces the vendor firmware with custom firmware and packages designed
from the ground up for devices with limited memory and storage. SlugOS
stable version 3.10 has over 16000 downloads so far (8000+ little
endian, and 8000+ big endian), and we are currently in final alpha
testing of SlugOS 4.8-beta, which includes the latest 18.104.22.168 kernel,
the new open source ethernet driver, and Apex as a second stage bootloader.
The NSLU2 continues to be a fully supported target for Debian (including
Etch and Sid), and there have been over 13000 thousand downloads of the
Debian/NSLU2 Installer image. Support for Debian on the NSLU2 is
handled on the debian-arm mailing list and the #debian-arm IRC channel
As of the Kamikaze 7.x releases of OpenWrt, the NSLU2 is now a fully
supported OpenWrt target, and has enjoyed over 2000 downloads already.
Optware packages are also supported for OpenWrt on the NSLU2, so you get
the best of both worlds with a distribution targetted for small-memory
devices, and all the optware packages you know and love.
We purchased a new Web/SVN/Trac Server to replace our aging/ailing P4 1U
Server at OSUOSL. The new server is shared with www.nas-central.org and
is a dual X2 Opteron with 8GB RAM and 1.5TB RAID5 disk. We also
purchased a new Autobuilder/Monotone Server to replace our aging/dead
Athlon XP autobuilder. The replacement server is an Opteron X2 165 with
4GB RAM and 320GB + 250GB RAID1 arrays. All this was done without
needing a new donation campaign (i.e. through the trickle of donations
that come in from time to time, and through xen instance based sharing
arrangements with similar open source projects). Thanks to our
nslu2-linux infrastructure team for continuing to provide a community
infrastructure which is world-class.
I want to personally thank all the developers who contribute to our
custom firmware and packages, all the people who write up pages for the
wiki (or correct or update pages that are already there), all those who
answer questions on the mailing lists or IRC channels, and all our users
who have made this project so successful. It's a pleasure to have seen
this project grow from myself and a couple of other guys on an IRC
channel in July 2004, to the project as it is today.
-- Rod Whitby
-- NSLU2-Linux Project Lead