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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:03 pm 
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Hello all,

After a couple of years, my Kuro is still chugging along. I currently have Debian running with 2.4.

Has anyone successfully run the latest Debian and kernel on the Kuro Standard?

I see a number of images on http://www.genbako.com/ which appear to be reasonably up-to-date. However, I think I read somewhere that the 2.6 kernel will only run on the Kuro Pro/HG.

Any truth to this?

Thanks much.


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richbl wrote:
Hello all,

After a couple of years, my Kuro is still chugging along. I currently have Debian running with 2.4.

Has anyone successfully run the latest Debian and kernel on the Kuro Standard?

I see a number of images on http://www.genbako.com/ which appear to be reasonably up-to-date. However, I think I read somewhere that the 2.6 kernel will only run on the Kuro Pro/HG.

Any truth to this?

Thanks much.


After some additional searching about this forum and the nas-central wiki, I have a couple follow-up questions:

--Is there any obvious benefit to moving from 2.4 to 2.6?

My kurobox has been used as a backup device serving Windows clients (XP, and >gag!< Vista) via samba. I do know that there have been NTLMv2-related issues with samba/vista. Not sure if the more recent samba releases require certain kernels to run, but this kind of issue would be enough to tilt things in favor of the more recent kernel.

--Are there any specific Debian images that can be recommended as being actively maintained?

There seem to be quite a number of Debian images out there from which to choose. Some seem reasonably recent, but all--in general--seem to have little or no development activity surrounding them.

--Aside from improving boot times, is there any outstanding benefit to using u-boot?

I see a lot of interest in u-boot. As I understand it, it allows users to replace the flash image on a kuro with a different image. While the downside is pretty significant (true for any instance where hardware firmware gets altered), I'm trying to see the real values.

Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:57 am 
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For completeness, I'm posting my solution here.

I decided to go with a Debian image running 2.6 in lieu of some of the more active Debian projects for the NS1 on nas-central.org (e.g. FreeLink). FreeLink looked promising, however the Buffalo flash utility failed to recognize my KB. After chatting IRC, turns out that this is not an uncommon issue, as KBs and Buffalo utilities are known to not play well (surprising to me, as they're the same hardware).

In any case, the distro image I chose was http://www.genbako.com/kernelimage-2.6.20-kuroBOX.tgz.

I followed the installation procedure located at http://buffalo.nas-central.org/index.php/Debian_install.

No problems. Up and running in short order. Solid Kuro.


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