Linux Wall Wart Works Wonderfully
Feb 19, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It's no secret that Linux runs behind many consumer devices,
and embedded Linux fits in the tiniest of places. One of the latest
ways to get your Linux fix comes in what looks like power wall wart
from TonidoPlug. Under the cover you'll find essentially a Marvell
SheevaPlug with a 1.2 GHz CPU, 512MB of DDR2 memory and a 512MB
flash disk. On the outside you'll see a single USB port and an
"At the most basic level a TonidoPlug is a Network Attached
Storage (NAS) adapter. The basic cost is $99 for the device. You'll
have to add your own external USB disk to supply the storage.
Underneath the covers the TonidoPlug is a full-fledged Linux
computer running a standard distribution (Ubuntu 9.04). What you do
with that is totally up to you.
"The idea is to just plug the thing into a wall outlet, connect
an Ethernet cable and an external USB disk drive and you're ready
to go. There's even a separate power plug to use if you don't want
to plug it into the wall. You can use an external USB hub to
connect multiple devices like USB memory sticks and external hard
drives. It is recommended that you use a powered hub to avoid any
potential overloading issues."