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October 25, 2008, at 09:19 PM by MXL -- correct a typo \"of\" ->\"or\"
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The Linksys NSLU2 , a.k.a. the "Slug", is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys. Its main purpose is to serve as a network file server: on one side of the Slug, you connect one of two USB hard disks, on the other side your wired computer network at home or a small office. The disks can then be made available to that network, to computers running Linux, Mac OS or Microsoft Windows (and probably quite a few stranger platforms too).

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The Linksys NSLU2 , a.k.a. the "Slug", is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys. Its main purpose is to serve as a network file server: on one side of the Slug, you connect one or two USB hard disks, on the other side your wired computer network at home or a small office. The disks can then be made available to that network, to computers running Linux, Mac OS or Microsoft Windows (and probably quite a few stranger platforms too).

October 17, 2007, at 03:41 PM by fcarolo -- typo
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The Slug can be flashed with a new firmware to make it what it essentially is: a small Linux computer. And from there, the sky seems to be the limit! You can use the Slug as a rather advanced backup station, it can be a web server (with PHP and even a database if you want), it can be a network monitor, it can run as a jukebox or a UPnP media server, and quite a lot of other applications. Have a look at Unslung and SlugOS for two examples of custom Linux distributions that can installed on an NSLU2, or read about Debian/NSLU2 for details about running Debian Linux on the Slug.

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The Slug can be flashed with a new firmware to make it what it essentially is: a small Linux computer. And from there, the sky seems to be the limit! You can use the Slug as a rather advanced backup station, it can be a web server (with PHP and even a database if you want), it can be a network monitor, it can run as a jukebox or a UPnP media server, and quite a lot of other applications. Have a look at Unslung and SlugOS for two examples of custom Linux distributions that can be installed on an NSLU2, or read about Debian/NSLU2 for details about running Debian Linux on the Slug.

October 17, 2007, at 12:55 AM by fcarolo -- updated links
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A NSLU2 (a.k.a the "Slug") is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys. On one side of the Slug, you connect a USB HD (or two), on the other side your (wired) computer network at home or a small office. The disks can then be made available to that network, to computers running Linux, Mac OS or Microsoft Windows (and probably quite a few stranger platforms too).

The Slug can be flashed with a new firmware to make it what it essentially is: a small Linux computer. And from there, the sky seems to be the limit! You can use the Slug as a rather advanced backup station, it can be a web server (with PHP and even a database if you want), it can be a network monitor, it can run as a jukebox or a UPnP media server, and quite a lot of other applications. Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug, or even Debianslug for details.

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The Linksys NSLU2 , a.k.a. the "Slug", is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys. Its main purpose is to serve as a network file server: on one side of the Slug, you connect one of two USB hard disks, on the other side your wired computer network at home or a small office. The disks can then be made available to that network, to computers running Linux, Mac OS or Microsoft Windows (and probably quite a few stranger platforms too).

The Slug can be flashed with a new firmware to make it what it essentially is: a small Linux computer. And from there, the sky seems to be the limit! You can use the Slug as a rather advanced backup station, it can be a web server (with PHP and even a database if you want), it can be a network monitor, it can run as a jukebox or a UPnP media server, and quite a lot of other applications. Have a look at Unslung and SlugOS for two examples of custom Linux distributions that can installed on an NSLU2, or read about Debian/NSLU2 for details about running Debian Linux on the Slug.

July 17, 2007, at 11:58 AM by ESS -- typo, punctuation.
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The Slug can be flashed with a new firmware make it what it essentially is: a small Linux computer. And from there, the sky seems to be the limit! You can use the Slug as a rather advanced backup station, it can be a web server (with PHP and even a database if you want), it can be a network monitor, it can run as a jukebox or a UPnP media server and quite a lot of other applications. Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug, or even Debianslug for details.

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The Slug can be flashed with a new firmware to make it what it essentially is: a small Linux computer. And from there, the sky seems to be the limit! You can use the Slug as a rather advanced backup station, it can be a web server (with PHP and even a database if you want), it can be a network monitor, it can run as a jukebox or a UPnP media server, and quite a lot of other applications. Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug, or even Debianslug for details.

May 28, 2007, at 05:58 PM by llaurén --
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In all fairness, it must be said that the Slug cannot run <em>all</em> those applications at once. After all, it is a <em>small</em> Linux computer. But it's a heck of a lot more than you might have imagined to get for well under a hundred bucks.

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In all fairness, it must be said that the Slug cannot run all those applications at once. After all, it is a small Linux computer. But it's a heck of a lot more than you might have imagined to get for well under a hundred bucks.

May 28, 2007, at 05:51 PM by llaurén --
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A NSLU2 (a.k.a the "Slug") is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys.

It is designed to share up to two USB HDs or flash drives to a small network using Samba. You can of course flash a replacement firmware on it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug, or even Debianslug for details.

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A NSLU2 (a.k.a the "Slug") is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys. On one side of the Slug, you connect a USB HD (or two), on the other side your (wired) computer network at home or a small office. The disks can then be made available to that network, to computers running Linux, Mac OS or Microsoft Windows (and probably quite a few stranger platforms too).

The Slug can be flashed with a new firmware make it what it essentially is: a small Linux computer. And from there, the sky seems to be the limit! You can use the Slug as a rather advanced backup station, it can be a web server (with PHP and even a database if you want), it can be a network monitor, it can run as a jukebox or a UPnP media server and quite a lot of other applications. Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug, or even Debianslug for details.

In all fairness, it must be said that the Slug cannot run <em>all</em> those applications at once. After all, it is a <em>small</em> Linux computer. But it's a heck of a lot more than you might have imagined to get for well under a hundred bucks.

December 06, 2006, at 11:06 AM by Simon Kellett -- correct linksys URL
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A NSLU2 (a.k.a the "Slug") is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys.

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A NSLU2 (a.k.a the "Slug") is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys.

April 18, 2006, at 01:02 PM by Colin Marquardt --
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A NSLU2 is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys.

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A NSLU2 (a.k.a the "Slug") is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys.

February 09, 2006, at 10:55 PM by repvik --
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It is designed to share up to two USB HDs or flash drives to a small network using Samba. You can of course flash a replacement firmware on it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug for details.

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It is designed to share up to two USB HDs or flash drives to a small network using Samba. You can of course flash a replacement firmware on it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug, or even Debianslug for details.

January 08, 2006, at 07:34 AM by tman --
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It is designed to share up to two USB HDs? or flash drives to a small network using Samba. You can of course flash a replacement firmware on it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug for details.

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It is designed to share up to two USB HDs or flash drives to a small network using Samba. You can of course flash a replacement firmware on it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug for details.

January 08, 2006, at 07:33 AM by tman --
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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys. (http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43). You can flash a linux kernel onto it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at the wiki for details.

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A NSLU2 is a small low cost network storage device from Linksys.

It is designed to share up to two USB HDs? or flash drives to a small network using Samba. You can of course flash a replacement firmware on it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at Unslung and OpenSlug for details.

September 16, 2005, at 10:35 PM by Newb --
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You can flash a linux kernel onto it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit. Have a look at the wiki form details.

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You can flash a linux kernel onto it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit! Have a look at the wiki for details.

September 16, 2005, at 10:35 PM by Newb --
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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys. see photo here.

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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys. (http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43).

September 16, 2005, at 10:34 PM by Newb --
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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys (http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43).

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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys. see photo here.

September 16, 2005, at 10:33 PM by Newb --
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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys (http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43).

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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys (http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43).

September 16, 2005, at 10:33 PM by Newb --
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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys (<a href="http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43">see photo</a>).

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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys (http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43).

September 16, 2005, at 10:32 PM by Newb --
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NSLU2 is a network storage device from linksys (<a href="http://www1.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=640&scid=43">see photo</a>). You can flash a linux kernel onto it, and from there, the sky seems to be the limit. Have a look at the wiki form details.

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Based on work by fcarolo, ESS, llaurén, Simon Kellett, Colin Marquardt, repvik, tman, and Newb.
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