WHAT!?! Holy cow, in all my research about the CPU I missed that entirely. Not having a FPU might be tough when it comes to creating or expanding rars.
It doesn't seem to be too big of a problem for me, but yes, it could become a problem in some situations. I believe that the kernel does have Floating Point emulation enabled by default (I dunno for sure... haven't really looked through the dmesg THAT carefullly), but I haven't noticed it being a problem yet.
Here's a stupid question, when am I going to need the serial cable? Given I have not worked with a headless appliance before, I'm not sure why a serial cable is neccessary if the device supports telnet. Although I can imagine screwing up the network connection and needing to go in through the serial connection. Aside from that, I'm not sure when else I would use this. In either case, I will just need to remember to order that along with the Lantank.
For example, if you want to get to the Redboot console prompt and be able to load up other kernels/distros before commiting to them, the serial console is VERY handy. Right now, on my gigalandisk, I have the stock distribution still running, but I have also repartitioned the disk to create another bootable distribution that I've been testing. This way, if I screw up the testing distribution, I can boot back to the (perfectly working) stock firmware and make any changes to the testing environment no problem.
The limited english-hacker community does stir some hesitation, but I figure I can always fall back to using it the way it was intended, as a NAS, and benefit by the performance gains over the Kuro shown by some of their benchmarks.
Lastly the 100V does also put some doubt in my purchase of the Glan Tank. It's my hope to integrate it into my entertainment center and I would like to avoid having an additional transformer nearby if I can. Currently I have a post at iodata's forum asking about this.
Honestly, I haven't noticed any significant performance gains between my KuroHG and this Giga-landisk. granted the CPU speed is higher, but not by much, and it really doesn't translate to any major speed improvement. I'm guessing the only major improvement you'll see is if you're on a gigabit LAN segment, and you're doing large-file transfers. Other than that, I'd say it's pretty much the same.
Ummm, the glantank might be ok, but I'll tell you to stay away from the regular giga-landisks. Those take alot more hacking (afaik), and your results may vary. I'm guessing you're looking at the glantank anyway. As I've said before, (afaik) the glantank is just running straight ARM debian. So, it's basically like having a regular debian box, and you can install anything that's in Debian-stable. I haven't had much luck with Debian testing (GCC 4.x screws up kernel compiles, from what I can see, but the Stable GCC 3.3 or 3.4 compiles the kernel perfectly).
Overall the GLAN tank does look appealing on both the price and performance point over the Kuro, but the limited english support does pose some concern. I'm just curious how much "hacking" will I have to do to get what I want going. I primarily want to get:
-Bit torrent client (I ocassionally get some anime fansubs)
-Typical archive utils like rar and par
I do realize that some of these services are already integrated into the base configuration. As of yet, I can't say that I am a linux junky. I've never had time to fully mess around with the CLI although I can probably say I'm a novice. I am a computer techy by trade but I mostly mess with Windows and ocassionally OSX.
I've thus far installed Debian, RH, Slackware, Suse, Solaris, and some smaller flavors for PPC platform. I figured getting one of these Tanks would force me to spend sometime getting it to work the way I want it to. If I were still in HS or college, I would jump right into this, but with my limited free time, I would hate killing it all on the tank. Might I be biting off more than I can chew here? Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
As I've said to others, if you have limited free time, you might want to stick with the Kuro. You'll be spending alot of free time toying with the box to get it working, unless you're ok with the stock Debian core. As far as I can tell, the stock Debian install works great (although, my giga-landisk has issues with the button daemon not working, but the glantank doesn't have this problem), and it's pretty easy to use especially if you know debian.
Is this your web page?http://dev.gentoo.org/~vapier/superh/lantank/HOWTO.html
That guy is working on getting Gentoo on the Lantank.
No, I haven't setup a blog/webpage about hacking this thing yet. Plus, that's for the SH4 version of the Landisk/Lantank, not the Xscale version. The glantank and the giga-landisks are all Xscale-ARM processors, which are (somewhat) supported in Gentoo (running experimental Gentoo-embedded). I've tried Gentoo-embedded on this thing, but it doesn't work as well as I would like (nor as well as it works on the Kuro).
If anyone does get one of these boxes, let me know. I'd be interested in having somebody help me with my hacking efforts...