FreeLink

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This article based on work done by Frontalot on Linkstationwiki.org
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. It is highly regarded for its simple interface and powerful aptitude package repository. Installing this distribution on your LinkStation thus opens you the door to many applications available at your fingertips, just using the apt utility. 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).

FreeLink installs via the official LinkStation firmware updater, eliminating any need to open the LinkStation (see Articles/GeneralFirmwareFlash). Please make sure to read fully the included documentation.

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Contents

freelink_powerpc-hdhlan-1.11

  • 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

  • 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