Debian based Telemetry Box Distribution releasedJan 26, 2001, 00:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christoph Lameter)
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 17:35:09 +0100
Debian Project http://www.debian.org/ Debian based Telemetry Box Distribution released email@example.com January 25, 2001
[ This post was written by Christoph Lameter firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Version 1.0 of the Telemetry Box Distribution has finally been released. The Tbox distribution is a Debian GNU/Linux 'potato' based custom Linux version for remote monitoring and maintenance of networks.
A telemetry box allows remote management and diagnostics. It uses a customized version of netsaint to gather data. Netsaint has been enhanced so that the configuration is possible via the Tbox Webinterface through SQL structures. Netsaint logs into a SQL table. Tools on the Tbox can then display the data in a variety of ways (graphs or reports).
Some of the functionality of the Tbox:
Installation from CD Image
It is highly advisable to install from a CD image. The CD image at http://openrock.net/tb/iso/ccimage_v1.0.iso fits on a Credit Card sized CD (only 50 MB) and contains all functionality. I will have these CDs physically available at the LWE in Europe at the beginning of February.
The telemetry software can be installed as an add on to existing Debian installations but it requires modifications to apache and/or PHP. See http://openrock.net for details.
Sources are available from
openrock.net has been outfitted with a kernel based http server (with patches implementing range and virtual hosting). Downloading should be no problem.
Note that we do not consider this version to be of production quality. Some features are only working under certain conditions. Some components have a prototype character. There are various issues that are being improved on. Help would be appreciated. Ideally we would like to have everything part of standard Debian. The biggest problem was the ease of installation and handling which required some changes to packages which might not be welcome.
Christoph Lameter, January 23, 2001
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