A couple of months ago, I decided it was time to deploy a robust backup strategy for my home LAN. The problem that I have is that I have exhausted the disk space on my fileserver. The box is running Slackware 8.1 (2.4.10 kernel). I had thought about installing backuppc on that box, but it required Perl 5.8.1, modern glibc, rsync, par and upgraded tar. On a very old and stable Slack box, upgrading Perl and glibc were show stoppers. I suppose a CPAN upgrade and install could've been possible, but upgrading glibc raised the hairs on my neck. Wasn't something I wanted to tackle. Borking glibc libraries could really screw up a perfectly good box. Perhaps there are slackpkg or slackbuild binaries for Perl, but I was not able to find them at the usual places.
Try as I might the under powered Celeron 300 MHz CPU was unable to compile Perl from source, in fact the machine quickly overheated and shut down. Installing a more modern glibc essentially required upgrading to Slackware 9.0, which I did not believe was worth the effort. So enter, the Linksys NSLU2 and the very compact and inexpensive (minimal impact on environment). This little device is just what I needed. I grabbed a 500GB external drive and proceeded to install Debian Stable (Etch).
One can find these devices on E-Bay for $50 - $70 US. Just another reason to give it a try, besides I really did not need an excuse to geek out on some new hardware. To install Debian on the Slug, it was necessary to flash the firmware on the device. Gotta give credit to Chess Griffin, as his very helpful and inspirational netcast inspired/motivated me to tackle this project.