OpenPogo, an alternative to Pogoplug software

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Many of us heard the news of Marvell’s SheevaPlug plug-in PC being released alongside its consumer solution counterparts. One of the prominent products based on the SheevaPlug hardware is the Pogoplug. The Pogoplug is essentially a no-configuration media server that allows you to plug in a hard drive and network cable to make data readily available anywhere you have Internet access. It’s a great idea, but the underlying software is closed source, limiting the demographic of the device to consumers who are happy with an out-of-the-box solution. Enter OpenPogo, a solution for people who want a bit more control over their device. OpenPogo gives users more say over what their Pogoplug does; from running a torrent client to a web server to a Ruby on Rails server. The possibilities for the device are limitless, and OpenPogo makes turning our ideas into reality it just that much easier.

Comments

  1. sean says:

    “limiting the demographic of the device to consumers who are happy with an out-of-the-box solution.”

    which is pretty much the vast majority of people. vast by far.

  2. Urza9814 says:

    Or you could just buy the Sheevaplug and do it yourself…
    I run Freenet (well, FCON) on mine. Works great. Though I need to find a hard drive to attach to it – it keeps filling up all the available flash and then spilling over to the RAM and then killing the program. I could just tell it to not use that much disk space, but I’m not yet in the situation where I really need to use it instead of my laptop, and I’m hoping I find a drive for it before that happens.

  3. Pest says:

    That’s pretty awesome, and perhaps having it open source could create more possibilities for use. I’d probably like to run a tor hidden service on it.

  4. CollinstheClown says:

    $100?

    can someone make a home made one please?

  5. bort says:

    wifi would be nice

  6. AzaleaRSS says:

    We’ve got a Pogoplug hosting our website (www.AzaleaRSS.com/Pogoplug/)

    With Mike at OpenPogo’s help we’ve got Tor on a ‘plug too!

  7. AzaleaRSS says:

    Make that http://www.AzaleaRSS.com/Pogoplug/

    [note to self: fix that!]

  8. Anonymous Z says:

    How is this different from the Sheevaplug Dev Kit?

    http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-22-sheevaplug-dev-kit-us.aspx

    It’s been around for the entire time the pogoplug has been around, has everything the pogoplug has, and costs the same. The only drawback is some problems with the initial hardware (check out http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php for an overview), though this may just be people who don’t know what they’re doing monkeying with the system.

    Finally, the cost (as of writing this) is 99 USD (plus shipping).

  9. GCL says:

    Hello!
    And I am quite pleased to announce that Slackware Linux, the oldest continuously developed distribution now lives on the Plug. Visit
    http://www.armedslack.org/ for more details.

    Visit http://www.slackware.com to find out why this distribution has lasted this long.

  10. notthere says:

    Am i the only one that thinks both the name and the packagin kinda make it look like a sex toy?

    Ontopic:

    I wonder what the future holds for these kind of devices, will we have one everywhere in the future?

  11. GCL says:

    Hello!
    The original device does run other distributions which have been brought to that particular platform. If anyone cares I can provide the links for one of them.

  12. ewertz says:

    @Anonymous Z:

    Care to elaborate on the “some problems with the initial hardware”. It’s neither clear which platform has the aforementioned problems, nor was the link you provided very specific. I’m interested.

    tkx

  13. GCL says:

    Hello!
    The described gizmo follows the NSLU2 in its talents. I suggest you examine the lists for that fellow to see why there are still scads of problems with people who haven’t a clew as to what they are doing wrong.

  14. Mike Staszel says:

    Why didn’t anyone tell me we got featured on Hack a Day? Haha, anyone here actually have a Pogoplug and tried it? It also runs on the Sheevaplug (but it includes apt-get, so it’s redundant, but some users asked for it and it is essentially the same hardware).

    Also, to the above questions about Pogoplug vs. Sheevaplug Dev Kit:

    Sheeva has 512MB RAM, Pogo has 256MB. Sheeva has SD slot and mini-usb serial connector, Pogo does not.

  15. rivercity says:

    one might want to checkout TonidoPlug as well. It has 512 MB ram and standard ubuntu jaunty distribution. It comes with several Tonido apps, DLNA server and a web based torrent client also one can ssh.

  16. More and more problems would come to you if you donít try to find the cause of the problem but just solve it directly.

  17. Marigowda Divya says:

    PogoPlug vs SheevaPlug

    SheevaPlug has access to JTAG, which means that you can ALWAYS recover from a bricked plug. So, you can play with UBOOT, Boot from USB, Boot from Flash, Boot from SD card, Build an application system on UBOOT itself without Linux etc..

    PogoPlug does not have JTAG access; so, you should leave the UBOOT alone and focus on application development Initially it is WEB interface, however as PogoPlug expands, you can add other applications as well (eg: webcam).

    This does not cover all the differences, but I wanted to point out JTAG, which is a critical component if your interest is Embedded programming.

  18. GCL says:

    Excuse me?
    That is not relevant. Can that blurb be deleted?

  19. Mike Staszel says:

    Just a heads-up, this has evolved into PlugApps, for all Pogoplugs, TonidoPlugs, and Sheevaplugs. http://plugapps.com is where they are at now.

  20. Dermot says:

    Hi,

    Has anyone gotten the pogo plug constantly boot into Linux debian(Lenny) and have it send SMS messages via a USB gsm modem?

    Currently booting fine, not constant tho! But can’t Recognise the gsm modem.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

  21. Jack in TN says:

    openpogo.com is now a links page. Looks like that site is defunct.

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