I picked this device up for about $90, and quickly flashed the firmware with Unslung, which basically means I have my own cheap little linux box now. You can read more here:
So far I have my Slug doing the following:
- pc’s and macs in the house rsync to it on a daily basis to back up all important files
- I have the primary drive mirror to the secondary drive on a nightly basis
- I run an FTP server on it for some docs, so I can get to them from wherever
- I run OpenSSH on it, so I can access it from wherever.
- I run an mt-daapd server on it, which is an “iTunes” server. Basically anyone that runs iTunes in my house on my subnet will see the “Slug Music” server in the list of shared libraries.
- I run both SMB and NFS on it so the devices can mount it directly, not just via rsync.
There’s a lot more that it can do — bascially just about anything a linux box can do. The Unslung version is based on the Linksys firmware and has about 500-600 packages built for it, though I found that most take some tweaking to get to work right. I was tempted to do a debian install, but they don’t have a binary flash pre-built — you have to build your own. And that’s more work than I was interested in taking on right now! At 1st I was tempted to move more to it, such as my web server, or at least portions of it, but I’ve decided to use a real server for that kind of thing, at a real colo. 🙂