My company recently de-installed and discarded dozens of these little Nortel Contivity 1010 VPN devices. I pulled one apart and discovered it's basically a tiny Intel Celeron PC with no keyboard/mouse interface, one serial console port, and two 10/100 Ethernet ports.

I decided it would be fun to get Linux to run on one so I could play with it... maybe use it as a small firewall, router, or OpenVPN endpoint.

NEW: My hardware notes on the C1010, in case you want to install some other OS or distro on it, are here:

I built a stripped-down install of Slackware Linux. The install includes (amongst other things):

* - included in the Slackware 13.0 c1010 build.


FileSlack VerCF Req'dReadmePackagelist
Slackware-13.0-c1010-1.1.tar 13.0 512MB+ README packagelist
Slackware-12.0-c1010-1.0.tar 12.0 128MB+ README

Download the archive and extract it. It contains the compressed distribution and a README file with instructions.

It's free. Use it, modify it, give it away, or whatever.

Have fun!