Re: Debian on the thecus n2100
* Sjoerd Simons <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2006-10-12 00:08]:
> * Is it possible to use access the machine's redboot via telnet. I know
> that it's possible on the NSLU2, but i haven't seen reports about it on
> an n2100.
No, it doesn't work because no IP address is set in the firmware.
> * I digged around in d-i svn to see how the installer support was. It seems
> one can install d-i on the machine as a firmware upgrade. But i couldn't
> find the needed preseed info for it to actually enabled the
> network-console, like there is for example for the glantank. Did i miss
> something or is the support just not quite there yet ?
oldsys-preseed is included in the netboot image (or rather, should
be... I noticed it wasn't and just added it). It will read the values
from your existing firmware and re-use those.
> * If something fails during the install, is there some way to hard reset
> the box and have it return to the original firmware. Or is redbooting
> another kernel/initrd from tftp the only option in that case?
In that case, you definitely have a problem, yes... you'd have to
start the installer again and fix things this way. I'm not aware of a
way to flash the system via the network or something like that.
In any case, installations on Thecus N2100 should basically (almost)
work. I added a script to flash the kernel/initrd recently but
couldn't test it properly because it still had to pass NEW. Another
problem is that Ethernet doesn't currently work so you'll need a USB
I'm away from my N2100 at the moment but I'll do a test installation
in about 2 weeks and fix the remaining issues.