Talk:NSLU2

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Linksys v. Cisco[edit]

Article says manufacturor is linksys, picture shows cisco logo!! --Mayz 07:47, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Indeed, Cisco has been quasi-schizophrenic in labeling Linksys equipment since it acquired Linksys. Suggestion? I could submit a photograph of my Linksys-branded NSLU2. pbryan 08:27, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
I added a photo with visible Linksys logo 89.54.32.188 01:32, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Not much info on the device itself[edit]

But lots about the modifications made. Should there be more about the hardware/a description of the device.

I think the modifications section in general is too unclear as to whether these are official modifications (eg, as model numbers increased or different options for the product) or if they are unofficial hacks. I'm assuming the latter though. 65.75.73.66 (talk) 06:28, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

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This is nothing more than a Cisco advert. Proxy User (talk) 19:57, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

How so? Reedy 20:37, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
Not too bad to me. I've made a couple of changes in the initial paras to try to describe what Cisco intend it to be a bit better. MarkMLl (talk) 23:35, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

Not discontinued[edit]

I've chopped the text that described it as discontinued, it's certainly available as of July '08 and the cited Cisco web page treats it as a current device. MarkMLl (talk) 23:35, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

I'm confused. The text describing it as discontinued is still there. Also it's no longer listed on the US pages of Linksys/Cisco, but it is on the UK pages. If it has some life left I could use it as the basis for a commercial project.Quilkin (talk) 21:39, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

I've added a recent device that might be an interesting replacement: Home Base F5L049 (with GPL firmware). I don't know the exact hardware info (amount of RAM/flash/CPU speed) but it is very similar to the NSLU2, but has 4 USB port and WIFI support. (I've looked at the linker script, it appears to have 64MB of SDRAM and 16MB of Flash, doubling the NSLU2 stats) --Rimidalw (talk) 11:19, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

At stock, the device runs a customised version of WHAT?![edit]

At stock, the device runs a customised version of Linux

This article contains a great amount of information on hardware, however very little is stated about the firmware. Which Linux does it run a customised version of? And what does Linux refer to here anyway? Is it Linux 2.6, ucLinux or maybe a Linux distribution of some sort? Has it got code copied from a Linux 2.6 kernel? Or is it actually running a Linux 2.6 with minor patches? What GPL components has it got specifically? I'm asking this because of the licensing statement. bkil (talk) 19:31, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

I dont think its based on a specific distribution, but Linksys use a customised version of the actual base kernel. Its actually 2.4 based.. Why not take a look at the sources available for download? Reedy 19:55, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for the input. See how little is stated in the article of the software side? :) So now I know that the original firmware was a modified Linux 2.4 kernel based distribution. What other GNU components did it contain? Anyhow, it was very generous of Linksys to develop and release a GPL licensed firmware and I fully support their philosophy. (I'm a happy Debian user myself!) However, I'm still not positive about the wording used in this article. To my understanding, if you sell a machine that runs a Linux kernel, you still have the choice to preinstall any proprietary software you wish on top of that. I'm asking here because you seem to be more competent on this topic than my humble self. bkil (talk) 18:18, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
Sure, thats how it works. Don't quote me on the actual GPL stuff, but because it is based on the linux kernel, they do have to release the GPL code. Proprietary software ontop, im not so sure about. I do know, that the network adapter and such are under a different license (Intels own)... And also, if i remember correctly, parts of the original source code are actuall obfuscated for one reason or another. Reedy 20:23, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
There still seems to be some about... But the price is going up. I dunno, im pretty sure it is Reedy 22:44, 21 March 2009 (UTC)