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.