Optware is a free software package manager for embedded systems. Originally developed as a distribution mechanism for the Unslung Linux distribution for the Linksys NSLU2, Optware has been adopted by a variety of hobbyist communities and device developers.
Optware has been used on a number of platforms, including the webOS community working on the Palm Pre and Pixi, the WL-500g, WL-HDD, WL-500gx, WL-500gP Asus routers, the Synology DS-101, Plug computers (Pogoplug V1, V2, Pro, Biz, Dockstars, etc.) and DS-101g+ NAS devices. In late 2010, the first Optware for Android was released by the Novaports team for the Nook Color.
Optware packages currently run on the following devices:
- Linksys NSLU2 with Unslung firmware
- Asus routers with USB and WL-700gE WL-HDD with Oleg's or OpenWrt or DD-WRT firmware
- Certain Netgear routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware
- Synology DS-101, DS-101g+ and DS-101j with custom bootstrapping
- QNAP Turbonas
- Maxtor Shared Storage with OpenMSS firmware
- Maxtor Shared Storage II (MSSII) with custom bootstrapping
- Iomega NAS 100d with LudeOS
- Nokia N800/N810 from cs05q1armel feed (install ipkg-opt).
- Freecom FSG-3 with custom bootstrapping
- Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Palm Pixi, Pixi Plus, Palm Pre Emulator and HP TouchPad (with ipkg-opt from Preware)
- Plug computers (Sheevaplug, Pogoplug V1, V2, Pro, Biz, Dockstar, etc.)
- WD TV devices running WDLXTV custom firmware (WD TV Gen 1, WD TV Live, etc.)
- Android devices (Nook Color, etc.)
- e-ink Kindle devices
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- Mann, Parm (4 July 2008). "QNAP's Turbo NAS series given software boost with firmware 2.1.0". HEXUS.net. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- Carroll, Tim (19 June 2009). "More Pre Hacks and Inner Details Revealed". Palm Infocenter. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- Freecom - FSG3 page
- NSLU2-Linux - Optware / Plug Computers
- Purewal, Sarah Jacobsson (2 February 2011). "Hack Your Streaming Set-Top Box". PCWorld TechHive. IDG. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- Nookdevs - The Nookdevs.com Optware page
- "OptWare for Kindle". MobileRead Forum. MobileRead.com. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
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