Linked by David Adams on Fri 30th Oct 2009 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The D-Link DNS-323 is a bargain-priced, consumer-grade network storage enclosure, similar to countless others. It's made of cheap plastic, has uninspired design, and a clunky web-based management interface. It's also brilliant, and if you have any hacker in you at all, you should buy one.
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Ho hum
by sorpigal on Mon 2nd Nov 2009 01:52 UTC
sorpigal
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This is all well and good, but is there no NAS out there to replace my aging YellowMachine?

This device, from a now defunct company, is the ideal form of a Linux based NAS (in my opinion). It allows for 4 disks in the various RAID configurations and includes web-based remote admin of this (to some basic degree anyway).

The important part where it far surpasses all of its competition: It runs Debian Linux. When I got it I ssh'd in, disabled telnetd, apt-get update, apt-get install and now I have whatever I want. Years later, the company defunct, I can still get additional software from archive.debian.org. I've installed this and that, such as rsync, making it do just what I want.

Replacing failed disks, which I have had to do all of once, requires some disassembly, but otherwise the modability is quite high. I don't need a dedicated community of hackers: it's simply Debian.

The small weakness here is that the OS itself is installed on a RAID1 made out of a small portion of each disk. This works well enough but is not ideal from a reliability standpoint. Yet, the flexibility is so much better than any mere firmware base system.

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