If it seems like I'm on an acronym kick, it's not my fault. In the previous bits of my home NAS series, I've shown you all sorts of them: S.M.A.R.T., RAID, LVM, SMB...wait, what happened to SMB?
Having finished assembling the hardware and installing the base operating system for my home-grown NAS device, I've moved on to the fine art of tweaking. For now, since there isn't a hard drive in the box for major storage, I'm focusing on two things: the long-term stability of the CompactFlash card, and the general security of the machine.
Now that the hardware's put together, the next step is installing the operating system. As I mentioned earlier, my goal here is to install Debian Etch (actually, for reasons related to my backup policy, I ended up going with Debian Lenny; the install process is almost exactly the same, but you get slightly newer software) onto the onboard CompactFlash card without having to install an optical drive to do it.