Installing Debian on QNAP TS-459
I've been testing the TS-112 (ARM based) and TS-459 (Intel Atom based)
with the default 'firmware'. This is effectively a customized Linux
server where all configurations can be done through the web interface.
Some of the features are not what I want (e.g. mode 777 permissions
on the top level directories, excuse me?!), and one key feature is
very much missing: I would like to use the TS-459 also as masquerading
firewall. It has two network interfaces so this should be perfectly
possible. However, with the QNAP default software (and kernel) this
is not possible.
On this page I'll describe my experiences with turning the
TS-459 into a Debian server.
This is work in progress, on this page I will post some links (which
I am using) and experiences.
Some of the features from an out-of-the-box QNAP are quite convenient:
RAID management through the web interface (although I can live with
'mdadm'), proper SMART monitoring tools, actual alarms (including an
annoying beep) when a disk fails.
I'll need to make a list of these features so I can recreate 'em
once I have Debian running.