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Re: Looking for NAS Hardware

On Sat,  9 Apr 2011 07:30:01 +0100 (BST)
<> wrote:

> >On Fri, Apr 08, 2011 at 04:29:57PM +0100, 
> >wrote:
> >> Some of the Synology boxes should work using NetBSD/evbarm with the
> >> SHEEVAPLUG kernel.
> >> 
> >> The manufacturer doesn't list which model uses which processor on
> >> their main website but the DS411j and DS211j look as if they are using
> >> the Marvell Kirkwood. There is more info in their support fora though.
> >
> >Assuming it is, how would one boot NetBSD one it? Just install it on
> >one of the harddisks?
> Basically yes, the Linux firmware that they supply uses the built in
> NAND flash for the OS but we don't have drivers for that yet. You
> would need to just put the NetBSD kernel into flash. It would need
> some hacking but there seems to be a fair bit of documentation.

I can write the flash driver if someone sends me a sheevaplug. :-)

> On poking around a bit more, QNAP <> make similar
> systems that do document which processor is used, have more DRAM and
> in some models a faster CPU. They are all a bit more expensive though
> and all the 4-bay ones have hot swap drives which increases the cost
> too.
> Robert Swindells

NetBSD - Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability

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