QNAP TS109/TS209/TS409 and Gentoo

Last year i got a TS409(board only) from QNAP Inc., they provided it to us for provide support for it, including ARMv5TE stage3s and the documentation for installing it.

The QNAP TS409 is a NAS(Network Attached Storage) server, although they don’t make it anymore(but they produced it when they provided it to us). It has been superseeded by the TS419 model. The TS409 had a really powerful specifications back when it was launched. It had a Marvell “Orion” 5281 (ARMv5TE) working at 500MHz, with 256MB of DDR2 RAM, 8MB of flash and 4 SATA ports. It was a really complete device.

In some days I got it working on Gentoo, i published the documentation at my dev space and they opened a subforum on their forums.

Different users of Gentoo contacted me about putting Gentoo on the more cheaper and feature-reduced TS109 and TS209. Those two had a different processor model, yet same speed. They also had 128MB DDR2 RAM instead of 256MB of the TS409. Unfortunately QNAP didn’t provide us with any of those models(they use the same specs/configuration, so the same stuff that works on the TS209 works on the TS109) and we had to create the installation blindly here: http://dev.gentoo.org/~armin76/arm/qnap/ts209/.

Those three models i’ve talked about got replaced by new models: TS119, TS219, TS419. They feature a Marvell “Kirkwood” 6281 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of DDR2 RAM, with 16MB of flash. Unfortunately and although we got asked by users, we can’t create the documentation and installation software because we haven’t been provided with the hardware.

So if you didn’t know that you could run your favourite distro on your QNAP TS109/TS209/TS409, now you do! And as always, feel free to contact me if you have any question!


One Response to “QNAP TS109/TS209/TS409 and Gentoo”

  1. ARM status @ Gentoo « Armin76's Blog Says:

    […] stages along with binary repositories, which could be used on all the devices i mentioned above. Along with the documentation for using Gentoo in the TS409. Later I blindly documented the installatio…, since the TS409 was a bit expensive and users bought either the TS109 or […]

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