Re: Fwd: Looking for a small NAS that runs Debian well
On 12/13/17 02:35, Rogério Brito wrote:
> Dear people,
> I would like to find a substitute to my KuroBox Pro, which is an armel-based
> NAS. Here is its summary:
> * An Orion processor running at 400MHz
> * 128MB of RAM
> * a slot for one 3.5" SATA HDD
> * gigabit ethernet
> * 2 USB 2.0 ports
> That's essentially it. It works running Linux without *any* binary blob and
> it is supported by the upstream Linux kernel.
> Unfortunately, Debian is starting to show that it is old. In particular,
> there is constant swapping when serving my video collection via DLNA
> (minidlna) and the kernel has even found some problems allocating memory for
> the network device. :-( Besides DLNA, I intend to use it as an NFS and Samba
> server. If I can run a printer spooler, then that will be nice, but it's not
> I still intend to keep running it while I don't find a replacement for it,
> but I would love to find something that is robust, that can run Debian and
> that has low power consumption.
> I don't care so much if I have to use some binary blobs, as long as the blob
> is purely firmware (e.g., if the NAS needed something from the firmware-*
> packages, I'd be OK with that), it is fully supported by Debian, and I can
> recompile things if something in Debian stops working.
> Is there anything similar to what I described above and that is a bit more
> powerful? I don't particularly care what architecture it runs.
My home server/NAS is a QNAP TS-221, which has:
- 1 core Kirkwood @ 2Ghz (armel)
- 1GB RAM
- 2* 3.5" hotplug bay
- 2* eSATA
- 1* 1Gbps ethernet
- 1* USB 2.0 front
- 2* USB 3.0 back
all details: https://www.qnap.com/en/product/ts-221/specs/hardware
Is supported by Debian without additional repo's but does require some
blobs from firmware-*
Martin Michlmayr has details on how to install debian on this machine at
I had some stability issues running more recent kernels, see list archives.