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[Announce] NASi200: Alternative Firmware Project for the NAS200

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by jac_goudsmit, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    This message is the official announcement of the new Alternative Firmware project for the NAS200:

    (NAS200 Improved)​

    The home page for the project is the MediaWiki server at www.nasi200.org, and there is a SourceForge page at www.sourceforge.net/projects/nasi200.

    The current version (build 164) is kinda useless: it reproduces the old Linksys R62 firmware without modifications. It's mainly meant as a proof-of-concept to make sure that you can download the source code from SVN and run "make" to build it.

    I will add more features in the near future, starting with the features that are already part of the Jac0 firmware. And of course, when Linksys finally releases the source code for firmware V34R75, I will update to that version too.

    Even though there now is a home for alternative NAS200 firmware (and soon, for all there is to know about the NAS200?), the www.linksysinfo.org site will remain the place to go for discussions and announcements. The vBulletin software that's running on the linksysinfo site is user-friendlier than what Linksys has running on their boards and apparently linksysinfo.org is easy to find for new NAS200 owners.

    At the time of this writing I am the only member of the project and I'm doing this in my spare time (of which I have very little at the moment). You are invited to join if you have anything interesting to contribute. If you're interested, send me a PM.

    Just to make it perfectly clear: the NASi200 software is alternative firmware built by users, not by Linksys. Linksys does NOT support the NASi200 firmware and you may void your warranty by installing it. Use at your own risk.

  2. mdsilva

    mdsilva Addicted to LI Member

    Hi, how is the NASi200 firmware going?
  3. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Because of personal circumstances, I haven't had time for NASi200 for more than a week.

    The latest news is that the current SVN head will generate a working R75 firmware (including the binary files that are missing from the R75 source tarball) and it creates all the missing Busybox symlinks. There is no SSH or telnet yet, but I'm in contact with someone who built Dropbear 0.51 (Jac0 uses 0.49).

    The next step is to modify the startup scripts and add Telnet and Dropbear. At that point, Jac0 will be obsolete. Unfortunately I'm insanely busy at work and at home right now so I have no idea how long this is going to take... :redface:

  4. ahernan

    ahernan Guest

    Hi, any update in how is the NASi200 firmware going?
  5. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I assure you the NASi200 project is very much alive, I'm totally motivated to work on it but the past month has been the most hectic of my life so I simply haven't had the time for it. The company I work for was bought up by another company which is great but I'm in charge of integrating all the infrastructure, while I'm still working with customers as well -- workdays have rarely been shorter than 12 hours and I haven't really had a weekend off since August.

    Also, my wife is undergoing major surgery and there are a number of other things going on in my personal life that I won't bother you with. While I try hard to spend some time each day on answering questions in the linksysinfo.org forums, unfortunately most answers have to be short.

    I promise things will get better again, but I'm afraid it's going to be this way for the next few weeks.

  6. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member


    First of, I am grateful for all the time and effort you are contributing for the improvement of the NAS200.

    I am looking forward to your NASi200 project. Thank you for your self-less contribution.

    I will pray for your wife's speedy recovery. And I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. :smile:
  7. Poulpi06

    Poulpi06 Addicted to LI Member

    some News !!!!!!
  8. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    There is no news regarding this project, it's pretty much dead. Besides, Jackito's UFS200 is pretty much what I had in mind for NASi200 (eventually).

    When the domain names expire some time in the next few months, I will not renew them.

    My main use for the SVN repository for NASi200 on Sourceforge has been to compare the Linksys firmware to the stock kernel, busybox etc. but the repository is kinda messy so I'm looking for a way to restart a public source control repository for my JacX firmware somehow. However I would prefer to put it on a Perforce server (because that's what I use at work and because I like the amazing amount of control and the awesome client GUI) but I can't find any hosting company that hosts Perforce so it looks like I'm going to have to go with dedicated Linux hosting. And did I mention I have almost no spare time at all right now?...


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