NSLU2-Linux
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"While Linksys does not support any of the alternate firmware available for the NSLU2, we are always delighted to see a product gain such widespread acceptance.
Like the similar community that emerged to enhance the WRT54G before it, the creativity and ingenuity of Linksys customers inspires us to continually improve our products."

-- Mike Wagner, Director of Marketing, Linksys.

This is the web presence of the NSLU2-Linux development group and user community. We discuss, develop and modify the firmware and hardware of the Linksys NSLU2, the Synology DS101, the Iomega NAS100d, the D-Link DSMG600, and other ixp4xx-based devices with large attached storage. Purchase a Linksys NSLU2 and join our community if you are interested in doing the same.

Every community has its own set of rules. Here are ours:

  1. Never *ever* use the Linksys EraseAll tool - it will brick your slug permanently.
  2. You will search the wiki first here and read the FAQ before asking questions.
  3. You must read and follow the steps in the README file precisely when flashing firmware.
  4. Those who ask the questions, update the wiki when they get the answers.
  5. Those who complain about the documentation, update the wiki to make it better.
  6. Friends don't let friends flash custom firmware without confirmed RedBoot Upgrade Mode access.
  7. Friends don't let friends flash custom bootloaders without confirmed JTAG access.

Please consider making a donation to the project if you are using the Unslung, SlugOS, Debian/NSLU2 or OpenWrt/NSLU2 firmware or Optware packages.

If you're looking to install the Unslung firmware, then see the Unslung new users guide.
If you're looking to install Debian, then see the Debian area.
If you're looking to install OpenWrt, then see the OpenWrt area.
If you're looking to install the SlugOS (SlugOS/LE, OpenSlug) firmware, then see the SlugOS new users guide.
Unslung Packages are now called Optware Packages as they have also been ported to the Asus WL-500g router, and the Synology DS-101 and DS-101g+ NAS devices.

Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions, Information Pages, and HowTo Pages. Then find out how to get involved.

Latest firmware releases

The OpenWrt Kamikaze 7.09 release of firmware is in beta testing. A binary firmware download can be found at http://www.slug-firmware.net. Please report beta testing results to the nslu2-linux mailing list.

The latest stable release of Debian is version 5.0 (lenny). At this point, lenny is recommended for new installations of NSLU2. A binary firmware download can be found at http://www.slug-firmware.net.

The Unslung 6.10 release of firmware is stable and is a recommended upgrade for all Unslung firmware users (exception of Unslung 6.8 users). A binary firmware download can be found at http://www.slug-firmware.net. The list of beta testers is here. Please add your entry to the list if you are beta testing. Be sure to read UpgradingToUnslung6 before you upgrade from a previous version of the Unslung firmware.

The SlugOS (DebianSlug, OpenSlug) 3.10 release of firmware is stable and is a recommended upgrade for all OpenSlug firmware users. A binary firmware download for SlugOS can be found at http://www.slug-firmware.net. The list of beta testers is here. Please add your entry to the list if you are beta testing.

If at any time you want to revert to the original Linksys firmware (and we can't imagine why you would, as the Unslung firmware is designed to be a fully compatible upgrade of the stock firmware), then just revert to the Linksys firmware.

Downloadable packages

There are also Downloadable Packages available for the Unslung firmware and also for other devices like the Asus WL-500g,WL-HDD, WL-500gx, WL-500gP routers, the Synology DS-101 and DS-101g+ NAS devices, and other wireless routers with support for external storage and based on Oleg or DD-WRT firmware.

Bug reports

Please report any problems with the firmware or packages in SlugBug and mailing lists.

Related Sites

Apart from our mailing lists and IRC channels, there are also some other sites related to the NSLU2 device:

There are German language forums, and an Italian language wiki translation.

How to add information to this wiki

If you want to help out in fleshing out this wiki, then feel free to create a new Information page or HowTo page. Do this by just typing the desired wiki page address into your browser, and the new page will be created. Note that you will need the password 'nslu2' to edit pages. Some significant pages (such as this one) are protected with stronger passwords.

If you want to play around with Wiki text formatting, use the Wiki Sandbox.

This page is password protected. If you need to add content to this page, then please post it to the nslu2-linux mailing list.

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Based on work by rwhitby, tbm, ByronT, ka6sox, fcarolo, repvik, oleo, tman, and jp30.
Originally by ka6sox.
Page last modified on October 07, 2009, at 09:12 PM