Debian 5.0 (lenny) on NSLU2

I had this old Cisco NSLU2 around, doing nothing other than bringing an even older USB HDD to the network. And i honestly never really used it, because the truth is, the NSLU2 is slow.

So i found this great site where they explain how to flash Linux on the device some time ago. And now, after having to set up a few Debian server and no reasonable way to hide from it, i decided to put a Debian on the NSLU2.

The instructions are quite simple as the device is supported by Debian 5.0.

Some advice from personal experience:

  • Use a singe 2,5” (notebook) USB drive. With 2 drives, powered over USB, you might get problems with the power supply. One works great for me.
  • Expect to spend up to 3 hours on this. Without playing, just installing and configuration.
  • Do not expect the NSLU2 to perform like a computer or vps. It is slow, but its performance positively surprised me.
  • Use the provided unofficial image.

One response to “Debian 5.0 (lenny) on NSLU2

  1. Thomas W. September 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    You can connect a USB webcam to the NSLU2 to make a simple but powerful surveillance system.

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