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
      1. Become a sponsor
    4. Contribute
      1. Build Firmware
      2. contributing code
      3. images .. documentation

Background information for GnuBee PC 1


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