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FreeLink is our effort to provide firmware which “frees” your LinkStation by replacing the stock LinkStation Linux build with the latest stable Debian build. Debian is one of the most popular Linux distributions. Debian is highly regarded for its simple interface and powerful aptitude package repository. FreeLink installs via the official LinkStation firmware updater, eliminating any need to open the LinkStation (see GeneralFirmwareFlash). Please make sure to read fully the included documentation.
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== freelink_powerpc-hdhlan-1.11 ==
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* Added Japanese updater
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* Adjusted /etc/melco/info
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* Upgraded to kernel-modules-2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint-2.0
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* Updated documentation
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* Fixed VNC & xterm issue (PITS bug 00047)
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=== powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-1.1 ===
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* DHCP now works (PITS bug 00022)
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* Corrected /lib/libls.so symbolic link
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* Modified linkstation_version.txt to dipslay 1.99 (to avoid potential confusion)
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* Resolved various ownership issues
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=== powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-1.0 ===
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* Corrected Perl version mismatch (PITS bug 00030)
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* Added additional kernel modules (kernel-modules-2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint)
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* Removed /bin/write_ng
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* Removed /bin/write_ok
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* Removed SSH (user should install)
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* Fixed AVR (PITS bug 00018)
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* Corrected /etc/inittab (PITS bug 00019)
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* Added flash bank devices (PITS bug 00023)
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* Corrected Debian release (PITS bug 00026)
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* Now can flash new firmware without using “write_ng”
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* Minor documentation update
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=== powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-0.2 ===
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* Added /etc/melco files
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* Added utelnetd 0.1.9
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* Added linkstation_release (fixes firmware 1.06 bug)
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* Corrected various ppc_uartd problems
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* Now installs without any errors
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* Power button/AVR still not fully functional
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=== powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-0.1 ===
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* Initial release.
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* LinkStation firmware 1.51 (Japanese release)
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* Debian Sarge 07/25/05
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== freelink_powerpc-hdhglan-1.11 ==
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* Added Japanese updater
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* Adjusted /etc/melco/info
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* Upgraded to kernel-modules-2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint-2.0
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* Upgraded to LinkStation firmware 1.46b2 (Japanese release)
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* Updated documentation
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* Fixed VNC & xterm issue (PITS bug 00047)
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=== powerpc-hdhglan-freelink-1.1 ===
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* DHCP now works (PITS bug 00022)
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* Corrected /lib/libls.so symbolic link
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* Modified linkstation_version.txt to dipslay 1.99 (to avoid potential confusion)
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* Resolved various ownership issues
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* Added additional kernel modules (kernel-modules-2.4.20_hglan_htgl)
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* Now uses English language HD-HGLAN FWUpdate.exe
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=== powerpc-hdhglan-freelink-1.0 ===
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* Initial release
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* LinkStation firmware 1.45b (Japanese release)
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* Debian Sarge 08/24/05
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[[Category:Software]]
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[[Category:FreeLink]]
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Latest revision as of 19:40, 20 April 2010

FreeLink is our effort to provide firmware which “frees” your LinkStation The FreeLink firmware is built upon the most recent official LinkStation firmware release. It replaces the stock LinkStation Linux build with the latest stable Debian build. Debian is one of the most popular Linux distributions. Debian is highly regarded for its simple interface and powerful package repository. The price for this is that you will lose the web based configuration tool shipped with the stock firmware - if you are familiar with Linux and your LinkStation, this should be no problem (otherwise you should consider this fact).

Openlogo-100.png
Taken from: http://www.debian.org/logos/

Contents

Installation

Find out which version is the latest for your LinkStation:

PowerPC

  1. http://downloads.nas-central.org/LS1_PPC/Distributions/Freelink/ - For LS1
  2. http://downloads.nas-central.org/LSHG_PPC/Distributions/Freelink/ - For HG

Install the firmware per the instructions at:

  1. The LinkStation firmware flasher and Freelink - Convert the LinkStation into a Full-fledged Debian Linux Server

MIPSel

  1. http://downloads.nas-central.org/LS2_MIPSel/Distributions/Freelink/ - For LS2

Install the firmware per the instructions at:

  1. The LinkStation firmware flasher and Freelink - Convert the LinkStation into a Full-fledged Debian Linux Server

ARM9

  1. http://downloads.nas-central.org/LSPro_ARM9/Distributions/Freelink/ - For Pro

Install the firmware per the instructions at:

  1. LSPRO/LSLIVE- FreeLink for the Linkstation Pro (also LinkStation Live)
  2. KuroboxPro - FreeLink for the Kurobox Pro

Apt-get (Advanced Packaging Tool)

APT-GET (Advanced Packaging Tool) is the package management system used in FreeLink firmware. This is the package management system in Debian Linux that enables you to easily install additional software. There are many Debian Specific Articles in the Wiki.

Note that many of the packages configuration's require that the 'hostname -f' command works correctly, so it's normally worth ensuring that this is so (via DNS & /etc/resolv.conf or directly via /etc/hosts) before using this or the other related tools such as aptitude or dselect.

Roadmap of FreeLink Development

GREEN: status of FreeLink for the LS1
BROWN: status of FreeLink for the LS2
BLUE: status of FreeLink for the HG
RED: status of FreeLink for the LS-GL (PRO)

Versions in Development

Beta Versions

FreeLink_arm9-1.0rev2

@@ CURRENT STATUS FOR THE LS-GL (PRO) @@

FreeLink v1.0 (arm9)

freelink_mipsel-hdhlan-060810

@@ CURRENT STATUS FOR LS2 @@

  • This has been packaged up as a image.dat suitable for flashing.
Kurobrick.png
WARNING!

There is a possibility that you could brick your NAS with these instructions. Please make sure that you read the entire page carefully.


  • FreeLink for MIPSel:download
  • From the Forums: Freelink for the mips - Testers required
  • Refer to The LinkStation firmware flasher article for Firmware Updater HowTos.
  • Info about this:
    • image.dat password = 1NIf_2yUOlRDpYZUVNqboRpMBoZwT4PzoUvOPUp6l (As required by the firmware updater)
    • It has a static IP assigned to 192.168.11.150
    • root password = "freelink"
    • ssh enabled (no telnet as default)
  • avr_evtd ver 1.61 - Fully functioning including s/w shutdown/restart, emergency telnet on port 1234 (just two clicks of the reset button).
    • Note: The operation of the reset button for the avr_evtd daemon has changed. This now, with proper setup, allows the user to enter EM-Mode. Please refer to AVR watch-dog daemon for Linkstation for more information.

Installed applications:

gcc
libc-dev
libc6-dev
make
nano
 avr_evtd
ssh

freelink_mipsel-hdhlan-070801

Released Stable Versions

freelink_powerpc-hdhlan-1.11

@@ CURRENT STATUS FOR LS1 @@

  • Added Japanese updater
  • Adjusted /etc/melco/info
  • Upgraded to kernel-modules-2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint-2.0
  • Updated documentation
  • Fixed VNC & xterm issue (PITS bug 00047)

powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-1.1

  • DHCP now works (PITS bug 00022)
  • Corrected /lib/libls.so symbolic link
  • Modified linkstation_version.txt to dipslay 1.99 (to avoid potential confusion)
  • Resolved various ownership issues

powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-1.0

  • Corrected Perl version mismatch (PITS bug 00030)
  • Added additional kernel modules (kernel-modules-2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint)
  • Removed /bin/write_ng
  • Removed /bin/write_ok
  • Removed SSH (user should install)
  • Fixed AVR (PITS bug 00018)
  • Corrected /etc/inittab (PITS bug 00019)
  • Added flash bank devices (PITS bug 00023)
  • Corrected Debian release (PITS bug 00026)
  • Now can flash new firmware without using “write_ng”
  • Minor documentation update

powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-0.2

  • Added /etc/melco files
  • Added utelnetd 0.1.9
  • Added linkstation_release (fixes firmware 1.06 bug)
  • Corrected various ppc_uartd problems
  • Now installs without any errors
  • Power button/AVR still not fully functional

powerpc-hdhlan-freelink-0.1

  • Initial release.
  • LinkStation firmware 1.51 (Japanese release)
  • Debian Sarge 07/25/05

freelink_powerpc-hdhglan-1.11

@@ CURRENT STATUS FOR HG @@

  • Added Japanese updater
  • Adjusted /etc/melco/info
  • Upgraded to kernel-modules-2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint-2.0
  • Upgraded to LinkStation firmware 1.46b2 (Japanese release)
  • Updated documentation
  • Fixed VNC & xterm issue (PITS bug 00047)

powerpc-hdhglan-freelink-1.1

  • DHCP now works (PITS bug 00022)
  • Corrected /lib/libls.so symbolic link
  • Modified linkstation_version.txt to dipslay 1.99 (to avoid potential confusion)
  • Resolved various ownership issues
  • Added additional kernel modules (kernel-modules-2.4.20_hglan_htgl)
  • Now uses English language HD-HGLAN FWUpdate.exe

powerpc-hdhglan-freelink-1.0

  • Initial release
  • LinkStation firmware 1.45b (Japanese release)
  • Debian Sarge 08/24/05