Installing Debian on the Thecus N2100 -- PART 3 -- Installing Debian

Posted by coldtobi | 19 Feb, 2008, 01:21

Unfortuantly, the last time was very busy, so I simply did not find the time to continue with this HOWTO. Well, it is still tight, but today I want spend some minutes in completing at least the second part. Before I go forward learning phyton as I might have use for it in the NAS project...

Just  repeating my self, please note, that this VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY. So the usual disclaimer apply: You brick, you repair it. I do not recommend installing linux on the box, if you are not sure you can handle it. Linux requires more hand-on than the GUI -- you won't have a GUI anyway -- but on the other side, it reveals the real power.

Table of Contens

  1. Part 1: Get Prepared
  2. Part 2: Installing the Installer
  3. Part 3: Installing Debian I  (start the installer and configure RAID) -- this article
  4. Part 4: Installing Debian II
  5. Part 5: Fine tuning after the installation

 

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Python Ebook

Posted by coldtobi | 18 Feb, 2008, 00:10

In case, you want to take a look into python, here's a nice ebook, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

 http://diveintopython.org/

The book is availaible in several languages:

  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Russian

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Installing Debian on the Thecus N2100 -- PART 2 -- Installing the Installer

Posted by coldtobi | 16 Feb, 2008, 20:03

Unfortunately, the last time was very busy, so I simply did not find the time to continue with this HOW-TO. Well, it is still tight, but today I want spend some minutes in completing at least the second part. Before I go forward learning python as I might have use for it in the NAS project...

Just  repeating my self, please note, that this VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY. So the usual disclaimer apply: You brick, you repair it. I do not recommend installing Linux on the box, if you are not sure you can handle it. Linux requires more hand-on than the GUI -- you won't have a GUI anyway -- but on the other side, it reveals the real power.

Table of Contents

  1. Part 1: Get Prepared
  2. Part 2: Installing the Installer (this article)
  3. Part 3: Installing Debian I (start the installer and configure RAID)
  4. Part 4: Installing Debian II
  5. Part 5: Fine tuning after the installation
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Installing Debian on the Thecus N2100 -- PART 1 -- Preparation for install

Posted by coldtobi | 2 Feb, 2008, 15:52

As you know, I bought myself a Thecus NAS 2100, with the intent to install debian on it and use it as an homer server solution.  This article -- or better articles -- will focus how to install debian on the box.

Please note, that this VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY, so the usual disclaimer applies: You brick it, you repair it. I do not recommend to install Linux on the box, if you are not sure you can handle it. Linux requires more hands-on than the GUI -- you won't have a GUI anyway -- but reveals the real power. With power comes responsibility.

The motivation why to install Linux lays on the hand: The Thecus is more a home server than "only" a NAS. Therefore my NAS will have to do some more duties than just to store data. Actually, all of them are related to "data storage", but not everything can be done with the "plain" firmware.

As an example, I am planning to use it as an dedicated backup server, a server hosting my mail system and of course as an multimedia server for streaming my music everywhere I want it, not bowing before the ITunes restrictions.

But as the services will surely adapt to my needs, I will focus on them later in dedicated articles.

Okay, lets get started after the "read more" line. (if you at the main page of my blog)

Table of Contens

  1. Part 1: Get Prepared (this article)
  2. Part 2: Installing the Installer.
  3. Part 3: Installing Debian I (start the installer and configure RAID)
  4. Part 4: Installing Debian II
  5. Part 5: Fine tuning after the installation
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Is RedBoot via Ethernet available on my Thecus N2100

Posted by coldtobi | 2 Feb, 2008, 13:44

To find out, if your Thecus N2100 supports RedBoot via Telnet / Ethernet,  do the following:

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Linus about "const pointers"

Posted by coldtobi | 28 Jan, 2008, 21:00

The concept of the C-modifier "const" is often misunderstood. On a recent question one person asked why there was a "const" parameter to the kfree syscall.

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My Thecus N2100 arrived

Posted by coldtobi | 26 Jan, 2008, 20:22

My new toy finally arrived: My Thecus N2100, the winner of my "which-NAS-fits-me-best"-competion.

Here's a brief summary of its key features, as already told in the above article:

  • not sealed. (Have-to-open for installation.)
  • two options for "own linux on the box": Reflash with debian kernel, or run debian in an chroot.
  • comes with128 MB DDR-RAM; expandable up to 512MB with standard DDR memory module.
  • 2 Ethernet interfaces, both Gbit
  • 3 USB2.0, additionally 1 internal. (that hidden by the case. Needs mod too utilize.)
  • Debian supported, can be installed with sotck debian installer.
  • Internal mini-PCI slot. Can be used for WLAN, if the two GBits are not enough.
  • Intel XScale 80219 CPU @ 600 MHz. FAAAASST!!!

Together with two Samsung Spinpoint F1, HDJ753 -- with a combined storage of 1.5 Terrabytes -- and and upgraded with 512MB DDR Bar, this is a very good hacking opportunity. As my plans include hacking for it, I created a dedicated category for that topic.

Have fun!

(First pictures I made are currently on my camera and will be added soon....) 

 

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