This cheap network accessible storage devices attaches to a router through an ethernet cable. The NSLU-2 has two USB-2.0 ports, which are used to connect it to external drives. As network accessible storage, you would think that no configuration is required on the desktop machine, other than making sure software is available which can read and write to Samba shares.
However, kernel 2.6.8 seems to have problems with overwriting a pre-existing file stored on the NSLU-2. The pre-existing file is replaced with a zero-byte length file. Strangely, the same file can be deleted, and then a new file can be written, with the same name, in its place. Reportedly, this error is fixed with kernel 2.6.10.
The NSLU-2 is also very slow if I try to copy multiple files with the `-p (preserve attributes)' option. Copying whole directories with commands like `cp -dpR source/ NSLU2-destination/' takes many, many hours. File copying is much faster if the `p(reserve attributes)' option is left out.