68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Great Value and also Defintely a buy for the GNU/Linux-phil,
This review is from: Linksys by Cisco NSLU2 Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives (Electronics)
This unit is actually a very very small and cheap Linux Server with an ethernet port and two USB 2.0 ports. It's stock firmware spports sophisticated user management and backup utilities. You will need to purchase your own USB hard drives to plug into it, and currently the stock firmware will not let you attach FAT32 (i.e. Windows) formatted drives to it. The NSLU2 will need to format the drives to a Linux format (ext3) to manage sophisticated user quotas and access restrictions which FAT32 does not support. This restriction may be eased by some of the ongoing work in customising this little box since the Open Source community worked out how to improve the device.
Since the Tom's Networking article ([...]) a highly active community has formed which have taken it upon itself to customise this item with additional functionality such as iTune servers, mail servers, CVS servers etc, SSH, print servers, Fat32 support, etc.
See [...] for the latest and greatest information on custmising the NSLU2.
A very neat little box with great potential and solid community support!