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1  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Pogoplug V4 hackable? on: January 03, 2012, 04:44:24 PM
Recently bought one as they were half price. Can debian be installed? Jeff Doozan's site and the Pogoplug wiki indicate that it might be, but they seem to refer to an earlier V2 one.

I have debian on a SheevaPlug and Dockstar that I've been using for over a year. The Sheeva still runs well, but I'd like to try installing debian on the Pogoplug V4 if possible?

thx
feffer
2  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: What's your SheevaPlug's lifetime? on: March 21, 2011, 04:39:07 PM
Not crowing...just saying my sheevaplug has been running pretty much 24/7 for around 10 mo. Uptime currently shows 49 days. I only bring it down to back up my SD card. Have debian squeeze running. Since I am running one of the suspect psu, I got an external ps a few mo ago intending to connect it instead of the existing internal one. Never got around to it, maybe I should before it fails. My only other mod has been drilling holes all over the case. It runs "warmer" than any other device I have now, but not nearly as hot as it did before the hole drilling.

I have a powered usb hub attached and a powered WD external 1 TB "Elements" drive which I think is their 5400 rpm "green" one. No really heavy lifting: nightly backups which vary from a few MB to 8 GB, music server, print server, wired media server via TwonkyMedia to a PS3, and a few other minor things. The hdd powers down nicely and the whole setup seems well behaved. Guess I better get that external ps attached  Wink

feffer
3  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: My experience with the GuruPlug+ on: March 20, 2011, 04:30:45 PM
Wondering how it's going some weeks in. How is the Sans Digital TR5M working out. Did Raid work on your plug w/o the port multiplier? I want to add a raid enclosure to my Plug setup and would appreciate the feedback.

Currently, I've been running a std SheevaPlug with a USB hub and one external 1.5TB hdd. I have lots of things running on it, and it has been trouble-free (fingers crossed). I'm about ready to go next gen with a guruplug or newer to get the eSata support, but I do want/need a proper hdd enclosure. Needs to support raid and be hot-swappable w 4-5 bays.

regards,
feffer
4  General Category / General Discussion / Offsite backup with Sheeva? on: February 18, 2011, 04:29:22 PM
Another idea to do secure (offsite or remote) backup with the sheeva is to mirror a drive and take it to work. This is less complicated than setting up "remote-backup-with-a-friend" but does require manual involvement each day. If I wanted to do this with the sheeva as my backup server what would be the best approach?

1. Simply have a second external hdd, initially mirror data between the two and after that attach one to the sheeva and take the other to work. Then alternate between the two?

2. Connect a multiple disk array (not raid) to the sheeva and then set these up to use the base disk as a permanent local one and then have two other hdd to act as alternating mirrors. If I did this, what would be a good disk array to use? It would need at least tow bays, be hot-swap capable and be recognizable to the sheeva.

thx,
feffer
5  General Category / General Discussion / Remote backup with Sheeva? on: February 18, 2011, 04:17:20 PM
I've been using the SheevaPlug for several months to do local backup, media server, print server etc. So far so good. Now I would like to set up a remote backup strategy. One idea would be a "cloud-with-a-friend" were I would set up a dockstar w/hdd at his house and run rsync to mirror data (his and mine). I have tested most of what I need to do this, but it is a bit more challenging than I first thought. Anyone done this? If so, could you explain how you did it?

thx,
feffer
6  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: Guruplug does not recognize USB devices on: September 06, 2010, 03:15:51 PM
I'm assuming you have either labeled your USB devices in /etc/fstab or used their UUIDs. Leaving them as /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2 etc can lead to problems on rebooting, since they may remount in a different order -- which can happen on a hub. Maybe not your problem, but it doesn't hurt to do this.

I think the best way to upgrade Debian (assuming that's what you're running) is to do:
Code:
#apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
Then check to see what apt will do before saying "yes." Does it want to remove a bunch of things? That may be a bad idea; better hold off. On the other hand, if it looks clean, the upgrade should go well. If you think you've already had an upgrade or package conflict, try:
Code:
#apt-get install -f
Then apt will either "fix" dependency problems or report errors.

I use this process on my sidux (debian sid) machines, and it works well. It's also been working fine on the SheevaPlug running Lenny. On the other hand, Ubuntu might be different even though it's Debian based. If anyone knows more exactly about this, please comment.

7  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Ionic's Stratus boot options? on: August 23, 2010, 02:44:30 PM
What are the boot options for my Ionic's Stratus. It has 1 GB-ethernet, 2 USB ports, and a console port. I'd like to install debian lenny, and need more room than what's available in NAND. It looks like my options are either a USB stick or a USB hdd. Anyone using one of these? How are you doing it?

thx,
feffer
8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / SD cards and heat?? on: August 22, 2010, 10:47:11 PM
As has been amply reported the SheevaPlug runs hotter than we'd like. I have one running 24/7 and it runs much warmer than I'd like -- this despite drilling holes all over the cover. It runs debian squeeze from an SD card. If I shut it down and pull the SD card out, it is really hot. This can't be good. Could this contribute to shortening the life of SD cards? I've read the other post about SD cards dying and the workaround to mounting it ro, but I'm just talking about the heat here.

At the recent PlugIn I had a chance to do some "heat-checks." SheevaPlugs I held with the OS on the NAND, were barely warm. Of course, they hadn't been running that long, but still is there something about running them from an SD card that generates more heat? I don't think so, but I can't account for the very big difference. Wondering?

feffer
9  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Anybody going to the "PlugIN"? on: August 22, 2010, 10:31:21 PM
PlugIn was a useful and needed event. Lots of good people there. I'm expecting some response in the forum from other attendees -- what they found interesting. Did the conference change how they see the plug etc. I too cut Henry some slack -- he's a sincere fellow I believe. How Globalscale fares from here depends on how they perform. Plug users have mostly been very patient, but that isn't forever.

Regards,
feffer

btw, mods the previous post needs deleting -- edit out this line then too ;-)
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Rsync Backup Server on: August 08, 2010, 01:16:29 PM
I'm using a standard SheevaPlug as an rsync backup server, and it works well. It has Debian squeeze installed and the client machine runs linux (Ubunutu and Sidux). You might want to do some reading on the Linux part of this forum. There's lots of info about distros, issues etc. As was mentioned any distro supporting ARM will work, but many (most?) seem to be using debian so you might want to consider that. The differences aren't too great, and it might be easier to find answers if/when issues come up.

Regards,
feffer
11  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: cups 1.4.4-1 update crashes debian server on: August 07, 2010, 07:47:09 PM
FWIW, I'm also using my plug as a print server among other things. Like you /etc/default/cups had LP_MODULE=yes however, no problem with my system using the 2.6.32-5-kirkwood kernel. I have not re-installed cups, so maybe that's the difference.

feffer
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sheeva Plug is a lousy product on: July 15, 2010, 02:08:16 PM
As others have said, it is a development kit, not a consumer product. You must be willing to tinker with it -- follow directions here and maybe do some mods (because of heat issues). I'm running debian testing on mine for about 2 months, but I've been using linux for some years, and ran an NSLU2 before this. Still several people here are new to linux and seem to be managing well.

That said, Marvell, the chip-maker has not handled the product well. The US distributor, Globalscale is a disaster. I guess they manufacture in China and import, but QC over these products was poor. Heat issues require mods and make longevity questionable. Globalscale is non-responsive in the extreme. Forget about email. If you do get an answer, which seems to be rare, it probably won't be helpful (my experience). They don't have an 800 number, but if you're willing to pay for the call, a human will talk to you. Getting useful information is another thing altogether. After a few questions, you will get put on hold or assured someone will call you back -- that will never happen. Globalscale seems to be in circling the wagons mode. They assume you are not a customer, but a trouble-maker. I say this all from experience... and after having been very patient with them. This reflects very poorly on Marvell.

Personally, I was very hopeful about the Plug concept, but after my experience with Globalscale, and experiencing the heat issues, I'm looking for longer term alternatives.

Regards,
feffer
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sheevaplug or Guruplug: what to choose? on: July 15, 2010, 01:37:52 PM
Second that. Both are "development" products, but the Sheeva seems to be the better bet. I'm using one, for backup, a file-server, a music and print server, and will add media-server. It runs warmer than I'd like. The psu is not well matched evidently. I drilled a number of holes in the case, but may add an external psu as well. I'm worried about longevity as it stands. You must be able to spend some time tinkering with a product like this. Read the forum...you'll understand.

Do not count on the company, Globalscale for help. They are good at taking your money, but nothing else. While the Sheeva is working efficiently now, I consider it a hobbyist/developer item and can't count on it for the long run. I'm actively looking for alternatives. ymmv

Regards,
feffer
14  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Opening the SheevaPlug case? on: July 06, 2010, 02:16:31 PM
aaah, and so they do... I was deceived by a screwdriver with too blunt a head.
15  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Opening the SheevaPlug case? on: July 06, 2010, 01:52:54 PM
OK, this will sound childish to the hardware guys, but how do I open the SheevaPlug case? It's out of warranty (over 30 days) and I have an external 5v 3a psu on order. The Sheeva has been working well, but runs hotter than I'd like and I'm concerned with longevity. I pulled the 4 plastic feet out to expose the philips-head screws and loosened them. However they don't fall out as I assume they would and the case halves are still tightly joined. Are they glued? Is there a trick to getting them apart? I hate to just start prying with a knife without really knowing what I'm doing. Could someone whose opened a SheevaPlug tell a newbie how to do it?

thx much,
feffer
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