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46  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Extension cord for the Plug? on: May 13, 2010, 11:23:42 AM
Thx for the link. It is a C-7 connector. Then I can use that in the U.S. 120 volt with no problem?
47  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Extension cord for the Plug? on: May 13, 2010, 08:37:56 AM
OK, probably a really dumb question, but is the cord supplied with the Sheeva Plug an extension cord? It looks like the 2 prong mail connector on the Sheeva is designed to snap out. However, I pushed pretty hard on mine and it didn't snap out. I don't want to break it! Is there a trick to getting it out easily, or should I just push really hard? After getting it out, I assume the figure-8 end of the cord can be plugged into the Sheeva -- is that right?

I'm a little confused because someone mentioned the figure-8 cord as a European extension. That doesn't sound right, though. I'm in the U.S. and need to use an extension cord with my Sheeva. Can I use the figure-8 one supplied in the box?

48  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Moving from NSLU2 to the Plug? on: April 27, 2010, 11:01:36 AM
OK, thx for addressing all these issues, and sorry for adding one more. Last question here...really  Wink

On Martin Michlmayr's page, he describes downloading the debian "installer" but actually provides links to uImage and uInitrd. Am I right in assuming the "installer" is integral to those two files and running the commands Martin provides will install a full Debian system and kernel? Or is there some other "debian installer" package that is being referred to?

Also once Debian Squeeze is installed, what are the apt sources I need for additional packages. Just the standard debian testing ones or are there other ones specifically useful for the Plug?

hmmm, that was two questions  Grin but they were related...right?

49  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Moving from NSLU2 to the Plug? on: April 26, 2010, 03:44:14 PM
fwiw: called GT today, to ask about the status of my order (1-std SheevaPlug, 1-GuruPlug+, 1-GuruPlug JTAG). They said my order should be shipping in the next few days. So presumably the GuruPlugs are in Southern CA now and should show up for other soon as well. Anyway, that's what they said...

@ peter: OK, you were able to clone your OS to various devices to see what you liked better -- that's good to know. Means I can be flexible. Try it one way, but not necessarily lose much if I decided to try another. One less worry.

@ fragfutter: Good point about installing to an SD card so the external hdd could spin down. I had a hard time with this using the NSLU2. Had to fiddle a lot with services, as you say. It doesn't seem like the kit comes with an SD card. Are any better than others? I.E. should I use a class 4 or higher card for faster writes etc? Is SD flash like USB flash sticks in that logs should be held in RAM etc, or is that not a problem?

50  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Moving from NSLU2 to the Plug? on: April 26, 2010, 01:21:59 PM
@Peter said: "I`m Sorry about hijacking this topic." No worries, I'm learning a lot, and besides those are related issues. Press on, if you need to!

@Blüto: thx for the pro/con discussion about where to boot from. This is exactly the kind of input I was hoping for. It's true that until I have my Plug in hand, this is a bit theoretical, but I should have them soon and want to have a good starting plan.

I've pretty much decided after playing a bit with the Plug as is, I want to install Debian Squeeze. I haven't quite decided how, so this discussion helps. From reading here, it seems there are two general install methods: 1)  Martin Michlmayr's method and; 2) Mark Gillespie's alternative method Since Martin Michlmayr was a Debian guru and has been helpful to me since my NSLU2 days, that path would be natural, but Mark Gillespie's method seems pretty straightforward too, and maybe easier.

Also, I'm still considering where to install the OS. There is the issue of space if installing directly on the NAND. Given the services I want to employ, would I run out of room? I know the base Debian system is pretty small, but if I want a file-server, printserver, mtd-daap, twonkymedia etc, these require supporting apps like samba, cups etc. Also, I usually edit in vim, but hate tiny-vim. Presently on my NSLU2, my Debian Lenny install is on a hdd and takes up 766 MB -- too big for the Plug NAND. Of course, I haven't had to be careful about space, so I wasn't. I'm tending towards installing on a WD MyBook 1TB. They are reasonably priced and I can use elsewhere if it doesn't work out for the Plug. Haven't ruled anything out though, just looking for a starting plan.

also @ Blüto: your points about alternates to Dropbox were well taken. Ultimately, I'd like to set up something like "cloud backup with a buddy" through tunneled ssh or vpn, but that's after getting everything else set up -- I'll check your links. As I mentioned in the first post, I also pre-ordered the GuruPlug+ (in February). Unfortunately GT has not sent me the standard Plug yet. Guess they want to save shipping and send them together Sad

51  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Moving from NSLU2 to the Plug? on: April 25, 2010, 12:50:19 PM
thx peter and cjm. I was similarly confused when first setting up the NSLU2, and there were fewer options! I've read a lot of information here and on the wiki, and as you know some of it conflicts (or at least there are some very different ways about setting up the Plug).

@cjm: I like your method of putting a Debian system on a powered USB hdd, but putting /boot on an SD card. How did you accomplish that exactly? Is there a link or howto?

As for a powered external hdd, I was thinking about a 500 GB or 1 TB WD MyBook. I've used these on my Dish PVR and they power up and down nicely. On the other hand, I used a Seagate FreeAgent hdd on the NSLU2 which was not as well behaved. So not all are created equal. Any experience with the WD MyBook or others? Any recommendations?

Sorry for all the newbie questions. I've been running linux for 5-6 years and have confidence to do this, but getting started in the right direction is half the battle, so thx much for the help.

52  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Moving from NSLU2 to the Plug? on: April 25, 2010, 11:05:02 AM
I currently run my NSLU2 "always on" -- haven't rebooted in months. I want to do the same with the SheevaPlug. I guess I had dismissed the idea of running the OS and booting from an SD card -- maybe something I read about issues with that. This is all theoretical for me, so feedback from users who have similar systems working is greatly appreciated.

I use my client machines on and off during the day, so I want an attached hdd to spin down when not in use. I'll re-examine using an SD card to run the system. If I did that, could the SD card be cloned to a backup one?

thx for all the help,
53  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Moving from NSLU2 to the Plug? on: April 24, 2010, 11:20:41 PM
thx for the reply. So, all of the services I want except Dropbox will work. My remaining question is whether to load the OS on a USB stick or externally powered USB drive. Is one better than the other for my proposed setup?

Also which OS is better, Ubuntu or Debian, or just a matter of choice. If Ubuntu am I limited to Jaunty because of ARM support? I'm presently using Debian stable on the NSLU2, but some wiki pages suggest Debian is "not quite there."

Any suggestions appreciated.

54  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Moving from NSLU2 to the Plug? on: April 23, 2010, 09:26:05 PM
I've been using the NSLU2 for two years, and want to transition to the Plug. I have a standard SheevaPlug and a GuruPlug+ on order (coming soon, I hope). Though I've been studying the wiki and forum about how to set my Plug up, I'm still confused. My NSLU2 is connected to a hdd which has Debian system files on a small partition and data files on a big one. The NSLU2 is always on, and the hdd spins up when used and spins down when inactive for 20 min. I mostly like this setup and hope to get something similar working on the Plug.

What I want to do with the Plug that I currently do on the NSLU2: 1) Backup server   2) Music server -- via daap  3) Print server.

New things I also want to do on the Plug:  1) File server   2) Mail server   3) Run Dropbox   4) VPN and/or SSH tunnel to remotely access mail and files   5) Possibly TwonkyMedia server for a PS3   6) Possibly a Bit torrent server 

I'm fine with using Ubuntu or Debian. From what I've read, it seems the base Debian/Ubuntu system could be fit on the Plug's internal flash (NAND?), but I don't think I have room for the other apps needed for the above services. These would fit on a USB stick, but I've read in several places that installing and getting that to work properly is flakey. Also I don't see much mention of users getting Debian/Ubuntu running on SD cards. Am I misinformed about either of these options? That leaves booting from an attached hdd. However on the wiki page about which hdd boot successfully, there were very few entries. Also the ones mentioned all were attached and powered directly by the Plug. Then I read about users doing this that burned out their Plug power supply! Can I install Debian/Ubuntu to an externally powered hdd like a WD MyBook 500 GB or 1 TB drive and have it boot the Plug? Is this a good or bad idea? Would it be better to fight through the issues of installing the OS to a USB stick and putting my data on an attached hdd? Thx for any suggestions!

55  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What version is the Plug at? on: February 25, 2010, 10:43:11 AM
Thx all, this helps. About time to make the leap. Decided to order the standard SheevaPlug and pre-order the GuruPlug plus. I think I can find uses for both, and if not a couple of family members will be interested.

56  General Category / General Discussion / What version is the Plug at? on: February 24, 2010, 10:25:20 PM
I've heard that ver 1.3 has eSata capability. Is that right? Anyone know if that is the version Globalscale is currently shipping? OK, after looking further, I see that a hardware modification must be made on v1.3 to get eSata connected and working.

I've been using the NSLU2 (slug) for a few years and want to "upgrade" to the SheevaPlug. Maybe I should wait or pre-order the GuruPlug plus instead? 

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