Martin Michlmayr
Martin Michlmayr

I'm a member of Debian, and I work for HP as an Open Source Community Expert. The opinions expressed here are mine.

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Debian installer improvements for NAS devices in lenny RC1

There have been a number of improvements to the Debian installer on Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices in the last few months and they are available to users now that RC1 has been released.

We have added support for Marvell's Orion platform. Orion is a system on a chip (SoC) that integrates an ARM CPU, Ethernet, SATA, USB, and other functionality in one chip. The majority of NAS devices that have come out within the last two years are based on Orion chips, so it's exciting to have support for this significant platform in Debian. Specifically, we support the following devices based on Orion: QNAP Turbo Station (TS-109, TS-209, TS-409), HP Media Vault mv2120, and Buffalo Kurobox Pro (with more to come later).

Here are some other newsworthy improvements and changes:

Finally, the armel port is recommended for new installations now. Debian lenny has two different and incompatible ARM ports: the old ABI port (arm) and the new EABI port (armel). Debian lenny is the last release with support for the arm port and future releases will only support the armel port. It's therefore recommended to use armel for new installations of lenny.

Thu, 13 Nov 2008; 07:40 — debianpermanent link