With rc1 of debian-installer to be released in a few days, I'm now
making images for the Linksys NSLU2 available.  This version fully
supports the NSLU2: there is RTC and beeper support and a kernel
will automatically be written to flash during the installation (and
after each kernel upgrade).


 - Installation instructions for the Linksys NSLU2 can be found at:

 - Please see http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer for generic
   information about debian-installer.

NSLU2 specific changes since the last officially supported version
(beta 2):

 - We switched the kernel from 2.6.15 to 2.6.17:
     - This kernels has most modules enabled that users requested.
     - There is RTC support.
     - There is beeper support.

 - We now use APEX as a 2nd stage boot loader, i.e. RedBoot loads APEX
   which then loads the Linux kernel.  This allows us to work around
   the NSLU2's limitation of 1 MB for the kernel.  This in turn has
   allowed us to switch from the nslu2 specific kernel to a generic
   ixp4xx kernel. (Implemented by Marc Singer, Rod Whitby and me)

   Because of this change, people who installed Debian using
   debian-installer beta 2 (released in March) need to upgrade
   manually: http://www.cyrius.com/debian/nslu2/upgrade.html

 - Kernels are now automatically written to flash memory.  This makes
   automatic upgrades to newer kernels now possible. (Initially
   implemented by Joey Hess and since improved by me)

Plans for the future:

 - 2.6.18-4 will feature the new GPL Ethernet driver written by
   Christian Hohnstaedt. (Integrated by Michael-Luke Jones for
   NSLU2-Linux and tested for Debian by Gordon Farquharson and me)

 - 2.6.18-4 will have LEDs support.

In summary:

 - If you want to install Debian on a fresh NSLU2, please follow the
   instructions at http://www.cyrius.com/debian/nslu2/install.html

 - If you want to upgrade your Debian system installed with beta 2
   (released in March) to a modern kernel, please follow the
   instructions at http://www.cyrius.com/debian/nslu2/upgrade.html
   to upgrade to 2.6.17.

Martin Michlmayr

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