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[News] Linux-powered Pogoplug in Review

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DaniWeb Review: Pogoplug - Your Own Personal Pink Linux Data Cloud 

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| What's small and pink, incorporates a Linux 
| kernel and an embedded ARM compatible 
| processor, and let's you set up your own 
| personal cloud? The answer is the latest 
| Pogoplug device from Cloud Engines Inc. Combine 
| this insanely easy to set up bit of kit with a 
| free iPhone app and you have a secure 
| environment for privately viewing and sharing 
| content anywhere on the Internet - and all 
| without changing your network configuration, 
| firewall settings or fiddling with anything 
| more complicated than plugging a box into your 
| router, a USB drive or four into the box and 
| activating it all through a web browser 
| interface.



Open Source Hardware Hacking with the PogoPlug

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| Brad Dietrich, is the CTO and co-founder of
| Cloud Engines, Inc.  Brad graduated from
| Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachlors of
| Science in Electrical and Computer
| Engineering, and in Computer Science. He also
| is a published author and a contributor to
| several open source projects.



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| In steps the Pogoplug a device that allows you
| to connect multiple hard drives to the
| Internet to allow you to store and share files
| from. Your own "personal cloud" as the box
| shouts.


More on the TonidoPlug - the geeky stuff

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| Itâs important to remember as well that the
| plug is, at its core, a Ubuntu box. Any Ubuntu
| software that you want to install that can be
| accessed by command line or a web interface
| (e.g., backup, clustering, load balancing,
| FTP, etc.) can be installed from an SSH
| session.


Second generation Pogoplug adds more USB ports

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| The second generation Pogoplug now features
| four USB ports. Cloud Engines has released the
| second generation of its popular Pogoplug
| "plug-top computer". The Pogoplug unit is a
| small Linux computer running an ARM compatible
| processor that lets users connect and share
| USB drives over the Internet via its built-in
| Gigabit Ethernet connection. Supported drive
| formats include NTFS, FAT32, HFS+, Ext2 and
| Ext3. Once connected and set up, drives and
| files can be accessed and shared from any web
| connection.


Low-cost NAS gains USB ports, social net sync

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| Cloud Engines has released a new version of
| its Linux-based Pogoplug networked-attached
| storage (NAS) device, which uses the Marvell
| SheevaPlug reference design. The Pogoplug is
| larger and costs $30 more, but moves from one
| USB port to four, and adds new
| synchronization, multimedia sharing, and
| social networking integration features.


USB Devices Offer Easy Remote Access

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| If all you're looking for is access to your data while you're on the road,
| you can't do much better than the $100 Pogoplug. The small (4 x 2.5 x
| 2-inch), white Pogoplug box is actually a mini file server that uses Linux
| software to allow remote connections, dole out files and save material
| remotely. It plugs into your network router and works with a variety of USB
| storage devices, such as external hard drives or USB keys.


Pogoplug Ready To Go Open Source, But Only If It Dies

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| Startup Pogoplug is well aware of this and has prepared an answer that many
| will like: if for some reason, Pogoplug was to go away, the source code of
| its back-end services would be uploaded on SourceForge, allowing others to
| keep it running. It's not 100% guaranteed that someone would, but that's
| about as close as you can get to certainty in this situation. Of course, this
| is just a worst case scenario.


How Pogoplug Works

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| Om: Can you share some details?
| Dietrich: Since we are so familiar with Linuxâs kernel and networking stack,
| we rely on very little other software than the Linux kernel and the C
| library. Although the hardware will run the full version of Ubuntu for ARM
| (and some of our users are running it on their Pogoplugs), we took the
| approach of owning the majority of the feature stack ourselves so we could
| produce a good user experience that was fully integrated. We believe that
| seamless end user integration and location independence is absolutely
| critical to bringing the complexity of networking devices mainstream.

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