For the sake of simplicity I will call the set of software that's factory installed on the TeraStation firmware.
Without hacking it is not possible to figure out what kind of software is used, Buffalo decided to violate the GPL by only releasing the kernel source and not the rest of the sources. Of course the requirement to release the source only covers the GPL portions and doesn't cover anything that Buffalo has written 100% by themselves, but they use more GPLed software, not only the kernel.
You might find some additional information about the firmware here.
To figure out what version of the firmware your TeraStation is using is not easy, as there are two different "version" strings to look at.
There is the version of the firmware in flash and the one on the disks.
You can capture the version of the flash firmware from the bootloader, but have to add a [serial console]. Or you could log in to your TeraStation and look at /proc/linkstation.
The version of the on disk firmware is stored on /etc/linkstation_release and is placed on the admin interface under System Status.
While the version in flash and on disk should be the same, they do not necesarily match.
The firmware in flash consists of
Have a look at the flash.
- the boot messages
- it comes with on disk firmware 1.03
- it comes with Maxtor drives
Tman's other TeraStation, also bought on April 2005 in the UK, uses this firmware. It came with Western Digital drives.
- it used on disk firmware 1.03
Some other TeraStation have
- it with on disk firmware 1.05
bg has updated his TeraStation with this firmware, and on disk firmware 1.05, too.
v1.07 beta comes with the v2.00 bootloader. The v2.00 bootloader has support for the emergency mode like the Linkstation/Kuro Box.
On Disk Firmware
That's the release used on Bg's TeraStation. Which was bought on April 2005 in Germany.
- the boot messages
- the [http:/ls-lR/1.04/ file list], process list, netstats
- you can become root, but have to add a serial console
This version fixes the permissions on /www/cgi-bin, so you can no longer hack it.
A beta release of this firmware is available from the Japanese Buffalo site.
The permissions on /www/cgi-bin are the same as v1.05 so no CGI hacks are possible.
This firmware has been released in Japan and the US. It is mostly a few bugfixes in the PCast software from 1.07 beta.
As there are different versions of the firmware available, it should be possible to upgrade it.
See firmware update for more information.