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pilif
2005-04-19, 10:02
Hi,

I just wanted to post this little success story here:

I got to work my Slim Server on a Linksys NSLU2.

The linksys device is a consumer product which is thought to be used to share usb harddrives in the local network.

Just like the wrt54g (router famous for its usage of Linux), the NSLU2 runs Linux, but unlike the router, the NSLU has extendable storage (via the USB ports).

After installing the NSLU2 Linux Firmware (http://www.nslu2-linux.org) and enabling the harddrive attached to the USB port, I've installed a C compiler (for the perl modules slim server needs).

Then I downloaded and installed Slim Server which - contrary to my fears worked wonderfully.

It is a bit slow (needs about 5 minutes to start up) and it uses a bit more than half of the ram available on the NSLU2, but it works.

At first I hoped to get it to work witout Swap, but seeing the slim servers memory usage, I deceided otherwise (a factor in this decision was the OOM-killer killing nearly every process when I wanted to run slim server without swap).

Building my music library took around 3 hours, but streaming mp3s works instantly. It really is usable the way it is.

If you are not afraid of a bit of hacking and if you want a very cheap, silent linux computer capable of running SlimServer, go for the NSLU2.

More about the device itself here on my blog:
http://www.gnegg.ch/archives/the_greatest_gadget_ever.html

Philip

davel
2005-04-19, 11:45
Any advantage you see in the Linksys NSLU2 compared to the Buffalo Linkstation or the Kuro Box?
For more on those solutions see:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=13598&highlight=buffalo

mherger
2005-04-19, 11:52
On Tue, 19 Apr 2005 20:45:54 +0200, davel
<davel.1nr1db (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:

> Any advantage you see in the Linksys NSLU2 compared to the Buffalo
> Linkstation or the Kuro Box?
> For more on those solutions see:
> http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=13598&highlight=buffalo

I think one of the main advantages for him (and me) might be that the
NSLU2 is actually available in Switzerland while I've never seen a
Linkstation...

--

Michael

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