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Linux Magazine: GigaDrive: At Your Service [Hardware Review]

Sep 23, 2000, 21:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Wong)


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"Setting up a Linux file and print server gets easier with every new crop of distributions, but none of them can match the ease with which anyone can set up and use Linksys' GigaDrive 20. Because the installation program and documentation are designed for Windows, we were able to configure and use the GigaDrive in fifteen minutes using a Windows 98 workstation."

"Using the GigaDrive with a Linux workstation took a bit longer because we had to dig into the documentation to find the default IP address for its built-in Ethernet adapter ( Aiming Netscape Navigator at this same IP address provided access to the Web-based management interface, and from there everything went as smooth as silk. Another helpful touch is that the GigaDrive's DHCP server is enabled by default, providing instant access from any workstation using DHCP."

"GigaDrive runs Red Hat Linux 6.0, a fact well hidden from the outside world, while the Apache Web server provides its management interface. The management Web pages do not use https, but GigaDrive does have Linux's solid user- and group-level security."

"GigaDrive uses Samba to share the printer port located on the back of the unit as well as the 20 GB hard drive. Samba is preconfigured to use share-based security, so multiple disk shares can be used to provide secure access to information."

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