1. Start here
    1. Welcome
    2. Specifications
    3. General background info about SW/HW
    4. Assemble the HW
    5. Install SW
    1. Campaigns
      1. Funded: Crowd Supply PC 1
      2. Funded: Crowd Supply PC 2
    2. Use it
      1. Success stories
      2. Get support
    3. Sponsoring
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    4. Contribute
      1. Build Firmware
      2. contributing code
      3. images .. documentation

Background information for GnuBee PC 1 and 2

Hardware and software

The GnuBee Personal Cloud One and Two come pre-installed with LibreCMC. While this operating system provides basic functionality, there are some problems with this copy of LibreCMC, such as not being able to install additional packages. Due to limited time, LibreCMC is also not being actively supported for the device. Instead we strongly recommend installing either OpenMediaVault or Debian.

Choose OpenMediaVault if you would simply like a fully-functioning NAS device for end users. Keep in mind that the configuration interface is still quite limited.

Choose Debian if you would prefer to tinker with the device and configure your own software.

While OpenWRT (now merged with the LEDE project) is not yet recommended, the upcoming release of OpenWRT 18.06 (June) is expected to provide significantly improved support and is likely to become the recommended option for end users.

Assuming that you have GnuBee PC1 without any upgraded firmware nor installed linux distribution you have two choices using the built-in webserver or using a USB-stick.

The GnuBee PC 1 has a 32MB soldered on Flash-chip. It contains 6 sections. Their names (u-boot, u-boot-env, factory,firmware,kernel,rootfs,rootfs_data) should be self-explanatory.

Upgrading the firmware will replace the content of the firmware, kernel, rootfs and rootfs_data sections.

Besides the 6 interfaces for 2,5 SATA drives there is a slot for micro SD-cards (upto 64 GB tested).

All the firmware discussed here, have the following common characteristics:

Once you have installed the firmware for Debian however, this pictures changes. So do not forget to read this section.

Using https://lede-project.org/ or libreCMC

Wikpedia characterizes them as follows:

Once you have installed/upgraded the firmware please look at the documentation of each distribution, as there are not many GnuBee specialities. And their built-in webserver for administration is easy to use.

You can use the GnuBee PC1 as a router/firewall even without adding an SD-card or hard disk.

Using Debian or OpenMediaVault

Once you have installed the Debian specific firmware, the default network setup changes:

debugging the bootstrap processes

Use the USB-2-UART as explained in USB_to_UART