Debian on the Seagate DockStar



When I first starting using the Seagate DockStar I thought it was a cool little device. After a few weeks I happened to notice an entire online community around moding this device and installing Linux. A few different distributions can be installed. I wanted to find one which was well used and support. Currently I run the entire system via a 8GB USB Drive which is about 17% full. So, beyond the $30 device itself, you don't need much else.

It all starts with the Debian install.
The support community around this can be found at this site.

The above two links are by for the most important, and is here you should start reading. Personally I found it helpful to make a few tweeks to the system.

1. Assign static IP.
I don't want the IP address to change for the DockStar. Rather, like my main server, I want it to just be fixed. I have segmented my local network into two parts, one with fixed IPs for Printer/Servers/Access points, and the second for just general computers/devices. So the first thing to do is get a specific IP assiged. This is done in Debian by editing the /etc/network/interfaces files. Here is an example of what it needs to look like:

auto lo eth0
iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet static
   address 192.168.0.156
   gateway 192.168.0.1
   netmask 255.255.255.0
   network 192.168.0.0
   broadcast 192.168.0.255

This will assign the DockStar the address 192.168.0.156 which will NEVER change. Thus you can use this address to ssh(via putty) into the device.

2. Setup other helpful stuff(Timezone/Apache/Java/ftp)
Depending on how you wish to use the DockStar, you might want to install some if not all the following.

configure timezone:
dpkg-reconfigure tzdata (command, generates a console gui type interface to select city)

Apache(most used webserver on the internet):
apt-get install apache2
/var/www has site
/etc/init.d/apache2

Java:
apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk

ftp(needed to transfer files to or from the dockstar):
apt-get install vsftpd
apt-get install ftp

3. Get an X Windows desktop up and running.

First you will need to install cygwin on windows and some software on Linux. Get Cygwin from here.
Install some xwindows desktop on Debian.

apt-get install aptitude

aptitude update
aptitude install xfce4
aptitude install xfce4-goodies

Get ready to rock, you will need to do this each time you want to start the xdesktop.

Finally some general device status:
root@debian:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo

Processor : Feroceon 88FR131 rev 1 (v5l)
BogoMIPS : 1192.75
Features : swp half thumb fastmult edsp
CPU implementer : 0x56
CPU architecture: 5TE
CPU variant : 0x2
CPU part : 0x131
CPU revision : 1

Hardware : Marvell SheevaPlug Reference Board
Revision : 0000
Serial : 0000000000000000

root@debian:~# free
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 125732 84484 41248 0 1264 67044
-/+ buffers/cache: 16176 109556
Swap: 604792 2040 602752

root@debian:~# uname -a
Linux debian 2.6.32-5-kirkwood #1 Thu Aug 26 03:31:56 UTC 2010 armv5tel GNU/Linux