Linux Mini

by PapaScott on 18 January 2005

nslu2.jpg My newest toy is a Linksys NSLU2, a little plastic box (no bigger than my hand) with an ethernet port and 2 USB ports. It’s designed to be an instant file server… just plug in an USB hard disk and it works. But the real fun is that it runs Linux; you can swap out the firmware, telnet in and install some useful software. There are even easy-to-install packages. Too bad it only has 1 ethernet port, otherwise I’m sure my boss Nico would want to try it out as a firewall.

Armin January 18, 2005 at 16:30

somehow the picture reminds me of these portable dehumidifiers…

Scott January 19, 2005 at 07:51

Nice! I had been looking to buy one of these since it became available in the US last year. I tried to get one from Amazon, but of course they wouldn’t ship it to the EU. Then, I saw them show up in Media Markt last week. I almost got one, except that they were 99 Euros — basically full price on a dollar basis — whereas you can get them for around $80 in the US. So, I figured I’d wait a bit to see if I still really wanted one later — and perhaps I might be able to pick one up and bring it back with me on a future trip to the States (or, just maybe the price would drop here). Plus, now the Mac mini has caught my eye.

I’ve been watching the progress of various “projects” aimed at exploiting the built-in Linux — the first of which I read about on Tom’s Hardware. I mostly wanted it as a simple file server (it’s intended purpose), but I like to fiddle as much as the next guy. It’ll be interesting to hear what you are able to do with it.

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