Former Debian project leader Martin Michlmayr has released a “debian-installer” package for devices based on Marvell’s Feroceon architecture. Initially supporting the Qnap Systems TS-109 (pictured at left) and TS-209 network-attached storage (NAS) devices, the “developer’s release” installs a 2.6.25 kernel and Debian unstable, Michlmayr said.
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The 2.6.25 Linux kernel was the first to support
To use Michlmayr’s installer, users will need a tftp server, and a serial console cable. He recommends copying the MTD flash from the Qnap firmware and backing up one’s hard drive “because debian-installer will wipe the whole disk.” The port comes in the form of two files (initrd.gz and kernel) that are downloaded and stored on the TFTP server. Michlmayr then supplies the commands to enter via the serial console, which boots the installer. After selecting the mirror, the next step is to partition the disk and install. Voila!